Paper Conservation titles just in…

Thanks to paper conservator Clare Reynolds, who has kindly donated four titles to The Chantry Library, we can read all about the step-by-step binding, construction and design of books, boxes and portfolios; the Paper Museum of Cassiano Dal Pozzo; bookbinding and the care of books, and leather bookbinding in 1905. Thank you to all our... Continue Reading →

June 4, 2022 – It’s National Cheese Day! 

To slightly misquote Avery Aames, of A Cheese Shop Mystery fame: ‘Libraries are great. Cheese makes them better’. The Chantry Library recently received some publications from Jane Thompson Webb and colleagues from the Birmingham Museums Trust that are certainly helping us on our ‘whey’. The Museum was undergoing refurbishment which coincided with the relocation of... 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 →


The Chantry Library is the grateful recipient of a donation of books from Bob Child’s personal library, given by his wife, Valentine Walsh Child. Through this very generous donation of some 30 books, we have improved our sections on identification of materials (bone, ivory, wood), moulds and biological deterioration, church furnishings and buildings conservation, along... Continue Reading →

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