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Montefiascone Project

From: Denise Troughton <denise.troughton<-a>
Date: Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Conservation By Design Limited are pleased to announce that
applications are now available for the Nicholas Hadgraft Scholarship
to the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School

In remembrance of Dr Nicholas Hadgraft  who died on July 4 2004 a
dear friend of Stuart Welch of Conservation By Design . The annual
Conservation by Design "Nicholas Hadgraft Scholarship" was created
in 2005. The scholarship is an award of UKP1000 towards the cost of
attending the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School held
each year in the Medieval Hill Town of Montefiascone. Located
between Rome and Siena and situated next to lake Bolsena and close
to the beautiful Etruscan City of Orvieta.

Nicholas was a regular tutor at Montefiascone from its beginnings
and took great pleasure imparting his knowledge and sharing his love
of books and bookbinding with like minded individuals.

The Montefiascone school takes place every year during the last week
in July and the first three weeks in August. There are four separate
courses given by different tutors and the scholarship can be used
towards the cost of attending one or all four weeks. The
Monefiascone project and summer school was founded by Cheryl Porter
who teaches the first weeks course on pigments.

The courses coincide with the towns wine festival which offers a
wonderful atmosphere for social interaction alongside study and
gaining new skills. I hope that this scholarship will be a fitting
tribute and allow the worthy recipient to share what Nicholas
enjoyed so much about Montefiascone.

Summer School Programme 2008

Montefiascone is a medieval walled city situated on Lake Bolsena,
about 100 kilometers north of Rome. For four weeks each summer,
conservators, art historians, librarians, archivists and others
interested in the history of the book, meet to participate in
classes, which are held within the city walls. Courses are for one
week and participants may register for one or more weeks.

Week 1: July 28 - August 1 2008
Re-creating Mediaeval Colours used in Manuscript Painting

    Participants will study the history, geographical origins,
    chemistry and iconographic significance of the colours used by
    medieval artists, especially those colours used for painting in
    manuscripts. Each colour will be re-created using traditional
    recipes and then painted out using traditional binding

    No previous experience is necessary to do the course.

    Course Tutor: Cheryl Porter

Week 2: 4-8 August 2008
The Traditional Ottoman Book

    Participants will study the main concepts involved in the making
    of a traditional Ottoman bookbinding. Structures will be
    examined and some attention will be paid to traditional sewing
    and endbanding techniques. Most emphasis will be on the covering
    in leather with filigree decoration and the preparation and
    application of the gold painting.

    Experienced book binders will gain most from this course.

    Course Tutor: Serra Guney

Week 3: 11-15 August 2008
The Cambridge Terrier--a fifteenth century chemise binding

    The Cambridge Terrier lists all the arable land in the Cambridge
    West Fields and is now part of the Additional Manuscripts
    collection at Cambridge University Library (England). As befits
    a document which was expected to be carried round and handled a
    good deal, the Cambridge Terrier was given not one, but two
    coverings of alum-tawed skin. The chemise, complimented by a
    striking red strap, extends from the tail of the book and there
    is some evidence to suggest that the extending cover was adapted
    to facilitate attachment to the belt. Participants will make
    their own book based on the Cambridge Terrier. Through a series
    of slides, PowerPoint presentations and practical
    demonstrations, the student will gain an understanding of the
    construction of this striking chemise binding. The binding
    process will include sewing, board preparation, endbanding,
    covering and staining the alum-tawed skin. All materials will be
    provided, though participants will be required to bring some
    basic bookbinding hand tools. Some knowledge of bookbinding is

    Course Tutors: Jim Bloxam and Kristine Rose

Week 4: 18-22 August 2008
The Romanesque Book in Spain and Northern Europe

    The Romanesque book is considered by many to be the high point
    of book construction. The structure was strong, sturdy and
    flexible, and the quality of craftsmanship and materials were
    superb. Participants will study the construction of the
    Romanesque book and examine in some detail, the differences
    between the Spanish and the Northern European models. Some
    knowledge of bookbinding is essential.

    Course Tutors: Ana Beny's and John Mumford's

Cheryl Porter has been Director of the Montefiascone Programme since
its inception in 1988. She has been a freelance conservator working
principally on the conservation of manuscripts and their inks and
pigments. She has taught in Australia and New Zealand, the USA and
Canada as well as in many centres in Europe. Cheryl is currently
Senior Conservator and Manager of Preservation and Conservation,
Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and Dar al-Kutub Manuscript
Conservation Project in Cairo, Egypt.

Serra Guney studied bookbinding in the Department of Traditional
Turkish Art at Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul, Turkey. She
subsequently studied as a postgraduate under Professor Ilhami Turan
and Islam Secen, master bookbinders in Turkey. She has worked at the
Sulemaniye Manuscript Library, especially on 15th-18th century
manuscripts and rare books and has studied Turkish marbling with
Hikmet Barutcugil. In 2002 she worked in Valetta, Malta on 18th
century rare books and bindings. Since 2004 Serra has worked as a
freelance conservator of books and paper in her own workshop in

Jim Bloxam is a senior Book Conservator in the Conservation
Department at Cambridge University Library, working on a wide range
of materials including early printed books, manuscripts and
archives. He has taught in the USA and is frequently teaches courses
for the Montefiascone Project. Jim's particular research interests
lie mainly in the history of books; their structural qualities and
their cultural context.

Kristine Rose is Book Conservator for the Turkish Collections at the
Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. She studied at Camberwell College
of Arts before moving to Cambridge University Library Department of
Conservation, where she worked for five years. Kristine has taught
in the USA and for the Montefiascone Project. Kristine has worked on
a wide range of rare book and manuscript material, with a particular
focus on Near Eastern Book structures.

Ana Beny graduated from the "Conservatori de les Arts del Llibre" of
Barcelona. From1988 to 2005, Ana worked in her own workshop in
Madrid, where her major duties included the co-ordination of staff
and the training of interns. During those years, she worked for the
most important Spanish institutions, carrying out conservation work
and designing workshops, as well as teaching projects in Brazil and
the Philippines. She is particularly interested in historic bindings
and has conserved manuscripts and rare books from a number of public
and private collections in Spain. She is collaborating with the
University of Granada in devising and teaching courses on Arab
manuscript conservation. Ana is currently Senior Conservator and
Head of Training, Thesaurus Islamicus Foundation and Dar al-Kutub
Manuscript Conservation Project in Cairo, Egypt.

John Mumford served a five year apprenticeship at the British Museum
and subsequently helped establish the Rare and Early Book
Conservation Studio at the British Library.In 1992 he was appointed
manager of the Oriental and India Office Book Conservation Studio,
furthering his study of early Oriental and Eastern binding
structures. In 1998 he became manager of the Oriental and Eastern
Book Conservation Studio at the new British Library at St Pancras.
John is currently the Head of Book Conservation at the British
Library. He has taught at the London College of Printing, The
Colchester Institute, as well as undertaking many workshops in the
UK and abroad

Closing date for all applications will be 30 April 2008

For further details or to download an application form please see


Please send applications to :

    Denise Troughton
    Conservation by Design Limited
    "Nicholas Hadgraft Scholarship"
    Timecare Works
    5 Singer Way
    Bedford MK42 7AW
    Great Britain

Conservation By Design is a European company supplying an
International client base. We manufacture and supply high quality
conservation storage, equipment and display products to Museums,
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