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National Trust

Ruth works as a contract project conservator with Caroline Bendix ACR (National Trust and NADFAS advisor for library collections) and regularly travels to National Trust properties for in-situ library conservation projects.

In October 2013 Sissinghurst Castle Garden started a 4 year conservation project to stabilise the collection of 11,000 19th and 20th century books collected by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson. 

Due to unstable materials and insubstantial structures typical of modern book production, the majority of the collection require bookshoes and some remedial conservation.  

During the work Caroline discovered a rare 16th century woodcut of a map of Switzerland which after being identified is the oldest and most valuable item in the collection. 

This project has finished and the libraries are now stabilised for the foreseeable future. Please visit and see if you can spot any bookshoes!

Ruth is now undertaking a similar project at Nymans, near Handcross. She will be working in the winter months while the house is being cleaned, carrying out in-situ conservation and providing books with bookshoes where needed.  

 

 

Ruth and Louise Drover working in the Long LibraryRuth and Louise Drover working in the Long Library

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