We are very happy to introduce our latest bibliography, which will of general interest to conservators as well as librarians, archivists and museum professionals trying to preserve historic collections. It is a first venture into the field of preventive conservation, and comes from two major figures in the field of integrated pest management: Amy Crossman, an experienced conservator who since 2018 has been a consultant on collections care specialising in IPM, and the entomologist David Pinniger, who will be familiar to readers of earlier blog posts and has been providing advice and training on IPM to the cultural heritage sector for many years.
He has also been a friend of the Library, which holds various of his publications on the subject – many donated by David, as you can see in a recent blog post.
Amy and David have been collaborating on a searchable IPM literature database available online: What’s eating your collection. The Library was gifted by David part of the working collection underpinning the database, so we hold many of the articles listed in it if readers are interested in exploring further. Do contact us about accessing articles listed in the database.
Their select bibliography provides a superb starting point for anyone exploring this area of key interest for conservators and others in the cultural heritage sector. The bibliography may prompt further investigation! It provides a critical appraisal of key works in the development of integrated pest management – perhaps with a focus on the “integrated” – as a discipline in its own right, and flags introductory text for those starting out. It also looks at key themes within this emergent discipline, for example the importance of temperature treatments as an alternative to pesticides.
Being locked down presents the chance to get round to some interesting items on your “to do” list – in the Chantry Library that means cataloguing some of the more obscure titles that have come the Library’s way over the years. This short blog post is about one such volume, originating in Zagreb.
One reason it might have waited to be processed is the language – Croatian! Not one your librarian is familiar with, but with Google Translate an attempt has been made (fingers crossed).
Our third, new subject bibliography has just been posted on the use of woven fabrics in the conservation of books.
The bibliography has been produced by two of the Oxford Conservation Consortium’s own conservators, Celia Bockmuehl and Nikki Tomkins (pictured above). It emerged from a collaborative research project undertaken by OCC with Bodleian Conservation and Collection Care and material scientists at Cranfield University. The project was prompted by the main supplier of fabrics for conservation ceasing production in 2007. Its purpose was to test the material properties of the fabrics used for book conservation.
The research investigated the strength and durability of aerolinen and aerocotton, comparing different suppliers, warp weft and bias orientation of the fabric, and the effect of laundering on the fabric. Tests conducted measured mass per unit area, thickness, sett, tensile strength, folding endurance, and dimensional change.
The project’s findings were presented at the Icon Conference 2019, the International IADA Conference 2019 in Warsaw, and more locally for Oxford Conservators’ Group. More details can be found in the full project write up, which will appear in a forthcoming number of Studies in conservation, and has already been published online at this DOI: 10.1080/00393630.2019.1672442
You can find Celia and Nikki’s bibliography by following this link.
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.