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BS 4971:2017 has arrived!  This wholly revised standard is now called 'Conservation & Care of Archive & Library Collections'. Previously BS4971 covered technical details of conservation treatments.  Over the decades since
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Stationers' Liber A 'Liber A' is one of the key manuscripts produced by the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspapermakers.  Dating from the 16th century when all new publications (plays and books) had to be registered wi
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Chris Woods, NCS Director Time and again I go to archives, libraries and museums and find that their building managers, or project directors (in the case of e.g. HLF funded projects) have engaged mechanical engineers to design and install air condit
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Episcopal collection spans 700 years of church records. A modern redbrick building tucked just off Lincoln’s main shopping district seems like an unlikely repository for one of the most important holdings of diocesan records in Britain. One mi
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Looking after and promoting important historical collections is no easy task for any organization. It’s especially challenging for institutions that don't have the funding and staff that enable them to maintain a presence on national or gl
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A blog by NCS news editor Rachel Gordon As you no doubt have heard, Magna Carta is 800 years old this year - a milestone marked by events around the UK and worldwide - and NCS is providing conservation care and advice for several documents related t
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If you've been following the increasing media attention on the 800th anniversary of the first Magna Carta of 1215, you may be interested in our work on this and several other of the Great Charters. Since 2006, NCS Director Chris Woods has been
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The decontamination, conservation and digitisation of 18th papers from Bangor University Archives The items treated in this project come from the Penrhyn Estate archive, deposited at the Bangor University Archives in North Wales. The project include
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The John Clare Bible was initially acquired by the poet in 1813; he has signed the inside front cover and dated it. The bible itself is much older than this, dating back to 1639 when it was published by Robert Baker. It has since been presented to Th
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Historic Library Conservation – Oxford & Cambridge Club, Pall Mall, London What is the project? The  Oxford & Cambridge Club has an ongoing project to improve the visual and physical condition of the books in the historic library. The priority was
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