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Clairinsh! In praise of Alan Buchanan

Why does this post start with the battle cry of the Buchanans? To honour the life and contribution of paper conservator Alan Buchanan who sadly passed away February 2nd 2022. Alan retired from civil engineering after a career of 30 years. In 1989 he joined the last HND course (Higher National Diploma) in paper conservation... Continue Reading →

Conservation Unlocked!

The Chantry Library is housed at the Oxford Conservation Consortium and is well-used and well-loved by the eight conservators who work here. The books, journals and archives are frequently consulted to inform decision making surrounding the conservation treatments we undertake. The library is also a vital source of information to help identify materials and techniques,... Continue Reading →

Marking and labelling objects and their containers

One of our Oxford Conservation Consortium Conservators recently attended a workshop hosted by the ARA Section for Archives and Museums on Labelling Objects (and their containers) presented by Anita Hollinshead. Labelling links an object to the information held about it by the custodian institution. It should be carried out as part of the accessioning process,... Continue Reading →

New donations

Following Libraries Week, the Chantry Library is celebrating by adding two new publications to our shelves, a kind donation from Historic Royal Palaces. They both provide invaluable guidance for filming in heritage settings and putting on conservation-friendly events in spaces where collections are on display. Your guide to safe, successful and conservation-friendly events Just some... Continue Reading →

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