From L to R: Worcester Cathedral Library Trainee Tamsin Rowe, George Marshall Medical Museum and Infirmary Project Trainee Laura Butland cleaning the interior of the leather-bound books with University Trainee Sarah Stretton.

At the beginning of the month, Research Collections Graduate Trainee, Sarah Stretton hosted a morning session on leather-bound book conservation for three of the four other Skills for the Future Trainees. The trainees were given the task of dusting and dressing the leather bound books from the recently acquired 18th century collection. The Research Collections acquired the collection last year on loan from the City library ahead of their move to the Hive. The exteriors of the books were in poor condition and the Research Collections have been working hard to stabilise and conserve the books. In the morning session, Sarah took the other trainees through the processes of leather dressing and correct handling techniques. Thanks to their hard work the books are now in a stable condition.

For more information on the 18th century collection or the Research Collections please contact us.

Museum of Royal Worcester (formerly Worcester Porcelain Museum) Trainee, Shabeena Anait using smoke rubbers to clean the inner boards of a book.

This post was written by Sarah Stretton, Skills for the Future Trainee at the University of Worcester Research Collections.