paper conservation Archives - the book hut

This week at The Book Hut

This is just a snippet of goodness to share what is going on at The Book Hut in Worthing this week. I am currently repairing this giant great map of France. Interestingly it has the same picture on both sides, the recto with text, the verso without! As you can see there is a stonking […]

The Principles and Practice of Medicine

The Principles and Practice of Medicine by William Osler, M.D., F.R.C.P c.1897 Full case binding, hollow-back, blue buckram cloth with gold-foiled title on spine Young J. Pentland, Edinburgh and London This is one of the first modern general medical textbooks by a man named Osler. My client, himself a Doctor, asked me to repair it as it is […]

Paper washing and bleaching, vol 2

The second part of my washing and bleaching post is more about the bleaching part. As mentioned in the previous post, this is rarely done in conservation as it is thought to damage the structure of the paper fibres and will continue to disintegrate the object if not denatured properly. As before we were also […]

Paper washing and bleaching, vol 1

Bleaching is a dirty word in conservation, one whispered secretly. However there is no denying that there is something roguishly fun about sticking an old page from a book into a bath of bleach and watching it go from brown to bright white! I can state that the Rev will also be seeing some bleaching […]

On Eagle’s Wings

Today I was back at the V&A for the first time in the New Year – it’s always nice to return after a break and find familiar faces, so it was a happy return! The day was also boosted by seeing On Eagle’s Wings exhibition at the museum. This is an exhibition on comic books […]

Mondays at the V&A – Comic love

As you may know, my Mondays at the moment are spent at the Victoria & Albert Museum in Kensington, working on a variety of conservation projects and helping where possible. Today this meant continuing conservation work on a selection of comics for a forthcoming exhibition in 2012, though unfortunately it’s not currently listed on their […]