British Library opens Centre for Conservation and launches web microsite

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Wednesday, 16 May, 2007 - 23:00

The  British  Library  has  celebrated  the  completion  of  its  new Centre for Conservation by launching  an  online  "microsite"  to  inform  the  public  about  conservation  issues.  The  Centre  for  Conservation  opened  to  the  public  on  17 May 2007,  after  a   £13.25 million building project that lasted  18 months. It provides facilities for all aspects of book conservation, education and training, and state-of-the art technical facilities for the nation's Sound Archive.

The library's book conservation staff were previously spread across several London sites, so the Conservation Centre brings them together in the same building for the first time. The centre also provides training in book conservation for students and professionals; the library  will  offer a two-year Book Conservation course in conjunction with Camberwell College of Arts.  Members  of  the  public  will  be encouraged  to  visit the centre  to  learn  about  conservation,  too. Inside the building is a Learning and Visitor Centre, including an exhibition about how books can deteriorate, and the range of solutions available to preserve them for the future.

 British Library Centre for Conservation microsite