Welcome to the Conservation Lab!
We have been updating our space recently. We now have a redesigned space and new equipment to make our job easier and more efficient. Have a look at some before and after shoots below. As we use some of these fun new things we will post updates on this blog – so look out!
Before and after lab refurbishment
We haven’t posted here before so let me introduce the team…
The conservation team has the job of caring for the objects in the Library’s collection. We aim to minimise change to collection material and keep it in its best condition for people now and for generations to come. There are five full time staff; two conservators, a book binder and two conservation technicians.
We look after all sorts of objects from those you would usually see in a library to those that are more unexpected (e.g. trowels, shoes, paintings, giant sculptures, etc.)
Cleaning Maintenance of Akio Makigawa’s Marble Sculpture “Gate to Coalescence”
The work we carry out can generally be divided into two categories; preventative work or a treatment.
Preventative conservation aims to avoid damage to items by looking after the environmental conditions, educating staff and clients about handling of heritage items, housing material appropriately and running an Integrated Pest Management program. As part of this program we inspect all items coming into the collection for bugs, mould and assess how dirty they are.
Mould infested receipt book.
Treatments may range from something very minor such as erasing an accidental lead pencil mark to a major treatment like rebuilding an item without all the original pieces. In our treatments we aim to use minimal intervention and for every treatment to be reversible.
Panorama of Perth Water (Before and after treatment) Panorama of Perth water taken from Jacob’s Ladder [BA689]
Crew of Rob Roy (Before and after treatment) Crew of Rob Roy [5203B]