Conservation Taster Workshop

Conservation Taster Workshop

Saturday 10 June 1.30pm - 4.30pm

This is our first in a series of conservation and collections care workshops as part of the Cathedral’s Project Pilgrim engagement programme.

The workshop takes place in the Cathedral Chapter House and will be led by Victoria Stevens ACR, an accredited Library and Archive Conservator.

Tickets £10 and includes hot drinks and cake for all attendees. Available from 01452 768928, in the Cathedral Gift Shop or on-line here

If you have any questions about this course please contact Helen Jeffrey:

Information about the course:

The Workshop will be led by Victoria Stevens ACR, an accredited Library and Archive Conservator.

This workshop, Context and Conservation: the historic collections at Gloucester Cathedral, will be held on 10 June. Following a brief tour of the Cathedral’s beautiful library, the session will start with an overview of the purpose of conservation and the role of preservation in caring for the long-term future of the collections housed here.

Using case studies, Victoria will highlight different approaches to stabilising objects for future use, effective storage, and show the decision making process conservators go through in each example.

This will be followed by a presentation by Rebecca Phillips, Librarian and Archivist at Gloucester Cathedral, on the context of the objects chosen for the session, including their history, provenance and significance within the library and archive collections. Participants will be able to view at close hand a diverse selection of the treasures and key items in the Cathedral’s library and archive, some of which have been previously reformatted or conserved, and which reflect the Cathedral’s long history, daily activity and place within the community.

After tea and cake, Victoria will discuss these same items in terms of their conservation potential, and the approach that could be taken to care for them for future generations. This will include an overview of inherent issues such as damage and poor quality materials, possible treatment approaches, their ongoing use as working documents for legal and research purposes and the role of good handling and storage, often in challenging historic environments.

This session complements library tours which are taking place all morning on 10 June and these can be booked in combination with the workshop to give the most comprehensive context to the historic collections at Gloucester.

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