Special Collections has two qualified paper conservators based in the Wilson Conservation Studio, a new fully equipped paper conservation studio, who look after all aspects of the physical care of the collections. They are also responsible through Special Collections for the physical care of other collections belonging to the University.
The conservators are responsible for a wide range of material such as manuscript books and documents, seals, maps, photographs, film and possibly magnetic recordings and machine readable records, such as computer punch cards, art works, artefacts etc. They are also responsible for the physical mounting and arrangement of all exhibitions curated by Special Collections.
This involves applying methods to clean, treat and repair items and to reduce the risk of damage and deterioration while they are in store or are being used. Much of the work is done in house, but specialist material including the Middle Eastern bindings from the Mingana Collection are outsourced to specialists in their fields. Find out more about our conservation work
A valuable contribution is made to our conservation work by volunteers from the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS). See more of the work done by volunteers in Special Collections.
How to get into conservation
Conservation can be a deeply rewarding experience, and there are a number of ways to get involved with conservation on a voluntary or professional basis. If you are interested in getting into conservation, learn more about the possibilities.