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Preservation & Conservation

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The Chester Beatty Library has a dedicated Conservation Department that specialises in book and paper conservation. Conservators are involved in every aspect of conservation and preservation to ensure the safeguarding of the collections during handling, transport, storage and display. The conservators work to stabilise and repair the objects in the Collection. All treatments are governed by a policy of minimum intervention to ensure the historical integrity of the object is maintained. Due to the wide variety of material in the Library, specialist conservators are consulted to treat materials such as textiles and ceramics. All work is carried out in accordance with a strict professional code of conduct. Staff undertake technical examination and research which contributes to a better understanding of the Library’s objects and the development of practical conservation techniques. This information is disseminated through training interns, professional publications, lectures and the Library’s education programme.

From time to time, the Library offers training in paper conservation, to students or recent graduates of conservation training programmes, through internships and summer placements. Please check the VACANCIES page for current opportunities.