Today the Chantry Library and OCC were very happy to host a short visit and tour for collections staff from Oxford University’s Museum of Natural History. The very friendly guests included conservation as well as library and archive staff amongst other specialisms. After being introduced to the collections and shown round the Library by the (camera-shy) Librarian, the visitors took a few minutes to browse enthusiastically round our collections.
Jane Eagan then talked to them about the conservation work that goes on at OCC more generally – rudely interrupted for a quick photo-call!
The museum staff were then taken on a tour of the conservation studio, where OCC conservators gave them a taste of some of the projects currently being undertaken.
By a lucky coincidence some of the current projects involved material with a natural history dimension, including one with biological specimens. Common themes – such as the use of Japanese paper or tissue in different areas of conservation work – soon cropped up.
It was a great pleasure to host such an informed and interested group, and various of us at OCC look forward to a return visit to the Museum.