This is the first anatomical atlas to use dozens of engravings superimposed as a series of opening flaps as method of illustration. It is also the first conservation project undertaken by the Oxford Conservation Consortium following Christ Church joining in October 2010.
From the time a book or document is made until the day it enters and then is made available in a library such as Christ Church, it may be used, displayed and perceived in different ways. Time Management - Conservation of Collections takes a few selected volumes and encourages visitors to look closely to understand how they were made and functioned, and what state they can be depending on how well they were cared for. A lot of things can go wrong. Damage is related to four main factors: what the book is made of, how and where it has been stored, the construction of the book, and the degree of use the book has been subject to. There are ten recognised agents of deterioration: physical forces (damage through handling and use), dissociation (loose elements becoming detached and lost or incorrect replacement of items within a collection), fire, water, pests, pollutants, light, incorrect temperature and incorrect relative humidity.
This new exhibition open in collaboration with the Oxford Conservation Consortium in the Upper Library at Christ Church presents a selection of case studies. It takes into account the nature and size of library and archive materials (paper, skin based materials, wood, metal including metal components in ink and pigments, textiles and adhesives). It points to conservation problems and past solutions. It dwells extensively with the recent restoration of Remmelinus' Catoptrum Microcosmicum (1619) and it looks into the future, signalling forthcoming projects.
The exhibition curated by Victoria Stevens (Oxford Conservation Consortium) and Dr Cristina Neagu (Christ Church) will be open between 6 February to 27 April 2012. Visiting hours Monday - Friday: 9.00 am - 1.00 pm; 2.00 pm - 5.00 pm (provided there is a member of staff available in the Upper Library).
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