Regular readers of our blog will be well aware of how much we prize our special collections. Recently, we decided that some of our Official publications – our collection of government and agency material which ranges from the earliest origins of UK state education to date – needed a little TLC. So began a program of rebinding some of our most endangered volumes.
As you can see from the photos, The ‘Minutes of proceedings of the School Board for London’ volumes were in a very bad way indeed.
Many of them had broken spines or detached covers and in some volumes, the pages were very fragile.
We decided that it was time for some urgently needed intervention; 23 of the 62 volumes held were sent to a specialist bookbinder and conservator who carried out extensive repair and restoration work on the volumes. Spines were re-stitched, pages cleaned, de-acidified and repaired and new bespoke covers made.
We think you’ll agree that the results are very impressive!
If you would like to help us to carry out further specialist preservation of our resources, you may like to make a donation to the Library and Archives; alternatively, you can support our current profiled projects or join the Friends to find out more about our archives and special collections.