Welcome to 2020 – and still in a (slightly) festive mindframe our first blog of the year will celebrate a further donation of books from a great supporter of the Library, David Pinniger.
A major contributer to the field of Integrated Pest Management, the Library already has a number of David Pinniger’s books, as well as a his very substantial collection of offprints on the subject. Most of these are listed on his bibliographic Database of IPM references. So if you are interested in any of the titles listed there and cannot find them please ask!
The database can be found on the What’s eating your collection website. The site also has a tool to help identity the insects found in the blunder traps readers hopefully have dotted around their library, archive, or museum.
David Pinniger’s latest donation includes a volume by him:
It also includes preprints from the 23rd International Symposium on the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property from Tokyo 1999 about IPM in Asia “Meeting the Montreal protocol”, as well as a report from 2002 on the international course on conserving Japanese paper.
Just a very short blog post to flag the fact that our staffed hours have changed from Thursday morning to Tuesday afternoons, 1400-1800. All are welcome to visit to consult our collections, just contact us to arrange an appointment! Our details are here.
The Chantry Library moved to Grove Cottage from the Ashmolean Museum on November 2nd 2001. Judith Chantry had looked after the library for many years when it was housed within Ashmole’s Paper Conservation Studio (after a move from the India Office), and the Chantry family made a major gift to the library after Judith’s death in 1999.
OCC is pleased to support the Library, to celebrate its long association with Oxford conservators, students, and readers, and to remember Judith Chantry’s contribution to the conservation profession!
Many thanks to Dana Norris and Kenneth Watt, donating on behalf of the ICON Ceramics & Glass Working Group, for a copy of the September conference held in London Recent advance in class and ceramics conservation 2019. The conference was the Interim Meeting of the ICON-CC Glass & Ceramics Working Group and the ICON Ceramics and Glass Group Conference.
The Library has received by donation the newly published Treasures of Ethiopia and Eritrea in the Bodleian Library, Oxford. This follows on from a very successful event in Blackwell Hall, the ‘Sacred Scripts of Ethiopia and Eritrea Activity Day’, at which three OCC conservators spent several happy hours as volunteers helping Sacred Scripts attendees to bind a notebook using techniques seen in Ethiopian and Eritrean manuscripts from the Bodleian’s collections.
The Chantry recently hosted an extended research visit from Surjit Singh, a second-year MA student from the National Museum Institute, New Delhi. In his two-month study visit to the UK, Surjit has been immersed in conservation, history of the book, and Sikh manuscripts in particular. At Chantry he has been reading extensively on paper making and intends to prepare a seminar as part of his MA course comparing South Asian and Western papermaking.
The titles he consulted included old classics by Dard Hunter as well as more recently acquired books such as Timothy Barrett’s “European Hand Papermaking” and Sylvia Albro’s “Fabriano”, both of which were acquired through donations received at the 2018 ICON Book and Paper Conference in Oxford.
Librarians do like piles of books as a sign of activity! It was great to host Surjit and provide some interesting reading matter for him. If you are interested in South Asian paper you might want to look at the subject bibliography by Oxford Conservation Consortium’s own Jasdip Singh Dhillon.
We are very pleased about *another* donation of material, this time of material relating to the conservation of the historic built environment. It’s great to be able to extend our coverage in areas beyond our traditional strengths in book and paper conservation. The donation supplements our current holdings, filling out some partial series that were already present in the library, especially the “Short guides” and “Technical advice notes” produced by Historic Scotland. There are also some bilingual Welsh texts that should be interest to process. As a librarian it is always good to have fresh things to accession into the collection, and the Chantry Library is very grateful to donors who kindly enabled us to extend what we hold. Thank you! New books will be added onto SOLO (some are on already) but for now here is a quick handlist:
Cadw. Renewable energy and your historic building [bilingual English and Welsh]
Historic Environment Group, Climate change and the historic environment of Wales: A summary of potential impacts. [bilingual English and Welsh]
Cadw. Conservation Principles: for the sustainable management of the historic environment in Wales. [bilingual English and Welsh]
Historic Environment Scotland. Short Guide 13: Applied Digital Documentation in the Historic Environment.
Historic Environment Scotland. Sash & Case Windows. A short guide for home owners.
IHBC. CONTEXT, No 137 November 2014.
ASCHB Transactions 39, 2017.
ASCHB Transactions 38, 2015.
Historic Environment Scotland. Short Guide 1: Fabric Improvements for Energy Efficiency in Traditional Buildings.
Historic Environment Scotland. Short Guide 3: The Repair and Maintenance of War
The Chantry Library was recently very grateful to receive a generous donation from Nicola Gentle. This comprised conference proceedings and other matter, mainly on the conservation of textiles. As well as filling some gaps in our collection of conference proceedings (always fun for librarians to catalogue!) they also add depth to our coverage of this interesting area of conservation work. The titles are being catalogued onto SOLO, so that they can searched for there like the rest of our printed collections (choose ‘Chantry Library’ from the drop-down list), but here is a quick listing of some English titles:
Guidelines for Conservation of Textiles, EH 1996
In the Nick of Time, Museums and Galleries 1996
Adhesive Treatments Revisited, UKIC Textile Group 1998
Conservation of Leather Artifacts, Leather Conservation Centre 2000
Ecclesiastical Textiles, conservation issues, Council for Care of Churches 2001
Dress in Detail, ICON Textile Group 2007
Conservation of 3D Textiles, NATCC 2009
Joined Up Thinking, Textiles & Historic Interior, ICON Textile Group 2014 (CD)
Learning Curve, ICON Textile Group 2015 (CD)
There are also international conference proceedings and journal numbers (many in languages other than English), reflecting even more within the Chantry Library’s holdings the global scope and favour of the conservation profession! So a very sincere thank you to Nicola for the gift.