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Conservation Slideshow

Fig. 1 - An eighteenth-century binding on MS 150

Fig. 2 - Typical 1950s half binding on MS 161

Fig. 3 - Typical 1950s full goatskin binding on MS 281

Fig. 4a - British Museum binding on MS 53

Fig. 4b - British Museum binding with reverse guards on MS 173

Fig. 5 - Interior of the Parker Library

Fig. 6a - Changing the manuscript storage in the 1980s

Fig. 6b - Close-up view of the new racking in the 1980s

Fig. 6c - The wooden storage boxes in the racks

Fig. 6d - The wooden boxes slide into the brass brackets

Fig. 7 - Matthew Paris's drawing of the elephant (MS 16I)

Fig. 8 - MS 16II being laced into new quarter-sawn oak boards

Fig. 9 - MS 16II rebound

Fig. 10 - MS 16 after rebinding, housed in a custom-made box

Fig. 11 - The Winchester Troper (MS 473) in its new binding

Fig. 12 - MS 86 in its original Romanesque binding

Fig. 13a - Alum-tawed sewing support on MS 89

Fig. 13b - Romanesque tab endband of MS 89

Fig. 13c - MS 89 viewed from the spine, before conservation

Fig. 14 - The head of MS 89, showing the tab endband

Fig. 15 - MS 89 conserved, with a loose alum-tawed chemise

Fig. 16 - The interior fittings of the box for MS 89

Fig. 17 - MS 89 in its box and chemise

Fig. 18 - MS 246 before conservation

Fig. 19 - MS 246 after conservation

Fig. 20a - The new conservation centre metalwork

Fig. 20b - The new conservation centre under construction

Fig. 20c - The new conservation centre under construction

Fig. 21a - Exterior view of the new Conservation Centre

Fig. 21b - The studio in the new Conservation Centre

Fig. 22 - Digitisation studio

Fig. 23 - MS 360 on the photographic rig

Fig. 24 - Cradle made by the conservators

Fig. 25 - Digitising disbound leaves

Fig. 26 - Digitising disbound leaves

Fig. 27 - Digitising disbound leaves

Fig. 28a - The digitisation cradle for particularly fragile manuscripts built by Conservation Centre staff

Fig. 28b - Side view of the cradle

Fig. 28c - Back view of the cradle

Fig. 29 - Edge repairs to MS 122

Fig. 30 - Severe distortion in a parchment leaf from MS 479

Fig. 31 - Flattening a leaf from MS 479 after humidification

Fig. 32 - MS 49 through the microscope, showing the letters that have lifted from the page

Fig. 33 - Consolidating the lifting text of MS 49

Fig. 34 - The text of MS 49 after consolidation of the ink

Fig. 35a - Damage to the gilding on MS 51

Fig. 35b - Microscopic view of the damage to MS 51

Fig. 36 - Eighteenth-century binding before conservation

Fig. 37 - Using Japanese handmade paper to repair the spine and joints of an eighteenth-century binding

Fig. 38 - Eighteenth-century binding after preparation for digitisation

Fig. 39 - Opening characteristics of a 1950s binding

Fig. 40 - Opening characteristics of a 1950s binding

Fig. 41 - The opening of MS 106 in its twentieth-century binding

Fig. 42 - Restricted opening of MS 221 makes the text disappear

Fig. 43 - Lifting the back joint of a 1950s binding

Fig. 44 - Peeling back the spine to reveal the linings

Fig. 45 - Peeling back the leather on the spine of MS 106

Fig. 46 - False raised bands on MS 134

Fig. 47 - 1950s false raised bands

Fig. 48 - Softening hide glue and paper linings

Fig. 49 - Lining the spine with Japanese handmade paper

Fig. 50 - Making a hollow of archival paper on the spine

Fig. 51 - The hollow completed ready for the binding

Fig. 52 - Improved opening characteristics of the manuscript

Fig. 53 - Thin 1950s sewing supports built up with extra cords

Fig. 54 - Removing the extra cords on the sewing supports

Fig. 55 - After removal of extra cords

Fig. 56 - Improved opening of MS 221 after conservation

Fig. 57 - Removing 1950s hide glue from the spine of MS 19

Fig. 58 - After removal of 1950s linings and hide glue

Fig. 59 - Reinforcing an early sewing structure

Fig. 60 - Improved opening and newly-worked back-bead endband

Fig. 61 - MS 203 put into temporary boards for digitisation

Fig. 62 - Overcasting, sawn-in cords and glue on a section of MS 106

Fig. 63 - Disbound leaves from MS 106 showing Matthew Parker's famous red pencil

Fig. 64 - Text running into the spine-fold

Fig. 65 - Damage to the text of MS 106

Fig. 66 - Printed leaves sewn through the text in MS 106

Fig. 67 - A large printed charter found in MS 106

Fig. 68a - 1950s binding on MS 122, showing damage to the fore-edge of leaves protruding from the binding

Fig. 68b - Detail of edge damage to the paper leaves

Fig. 69 - A particularly complex collation diagram

Fig. 70 - Leaves of a disbound manuscript (MS 45)

Fig. 71 - The spine-fold of a bifolium from MS 16

Fig. 72 - An inky smudge across a leaf of MS 16