Volume 11, Number 4
Events in the News
- The April Library Conservation News says that a
conservation exhibition was recently held in the Parker Library,
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, featuring books and
manuscripts of Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575) which had been
conserved over the last two years.
- Last November, on the 20th anniversary of the Florence Flood,
many of the conservators who had been involved in the rescue and
restoration operation got together at the Biblioteca Nazionale in
Florence. Eighteen papers were read by H. P. Pedersen, F. Gallo, J.
McIntyre, M. Hey, A. Cains, D. Etherington, C. Clarkson and others.
There is a report in the newsletter of the Centro di Studi per la
Conservazione della Carta for February.
- During April, May and June, Linda Blaser has been teaching three
workshops on different aspects of binding, in the Resident
Associates Program of the Smithsonian Institution. This program has
been offering classes and workshops in bookbinding for many years,
but it is not widely advertised. The teachers have all been
first-rate. For more information call 202/357-3030.
- On May 6, at 5:30 pm, Sir David Wilson spoke at the Morgan
Library in New York on the lower cover of the Lindau Gospels
- On May 7, Sylvie Merian and Nora Ligorano spoke at the Canter
for Book Arts in New York on the recording of early books,
specifically 16th and 17th century Armenian and Spanish
bookbindings, from both a decorative and a structural point of
- On May 12, from 11 am to 3 pm at the National Archives, a
demonstration was held for the press of the monitoring system
designed to monitor the condition of the Declaration of
Independence, Constitution and Bill of Rights, which are enclosed in
seamless glass containers filled with an inert gas. There have been
no signs of deterioration in recent decades, but there has also been
no monitoring program, so no one could be sure they were not
deteriorating. The Charters Monitoring System consists of a camera
and its accompanying computer system, and cost $3 million.
- Saturday and Sunday, August 8-9, in Don Moines, the
Library Binding Service is sponsoring a conference titled "The
Lessons of History and Experience in the Design of Conservation
Bindings." Speakers will be nine well-known conservators: C.
Clarkson, D. Etherington, W. Anthony, G. Frost, W. Minter, A. Cains,
G. Petherbridge, N. Pickwoad, and (as moderator) L. Ogden. The
conference is designed to appeal to a wide audience. Attendance will
be limited to 300. $60. Contact Salle Averkamp, LBS Archival
Products, Box 1413, 2134 E. Grand Ave., Don Moines, IA 50305
(800/247-5323 or 515/262-3191).
- March 27-30, 1988, at Robinson College, Cambridge, England,
there will be the 1988 National Lighting Conference. Papers are
being invited on all aspects of lighting. Contact the Member
Services Dept. at the Chartered Institution of Building Services
Engineers, Delta House, 222 Balham High Road, London SW12 9B5....
The Illuminating Society of North America has re-established its
Museum and Art Gallery Lighting Committee, which is probably more
involved with conservation than the above Building Services
Engineers are. Contact Raymond Grenald, Chair, 11801 West Olympic
Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90064.