Researching the ‘Chimney Map’

From March 2016 to March 2017, the Library’s Conservation Unit undertook an ambitious project to conserve an extremely fragmentary map, resulting in unprecedented amounts of publicity. The map, known as the ‘Chimney Map’ because it was originally thought to have been found inside a chimney, was discovered during renovations at a house in Aberdeenshire, and […]

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Conservation Volunteers

The Library’s conservation volunteering programme The Library’s Conservation Unit frequently receives requests for volunteer placements, and it can be difficult to accommodate these within our busy workshop. Following discussions, we decided to create a summer programme which would allow us to take a batch of several volunteers, to work for a day a week on […]

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Plague! Document ‘cured’!

Conservators are often likened to doctors: they examine their ‘patients’ (the ailing documents), recognize the symptoms, diagnose a disease and prescribe and administer a treatment which will restore them to health without altering their nature or disfiguring their appearance. I was mindful of the comparison as I worked on the document above for the current […]

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