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A peek into the Conservation Lab

Ever wonder what the conservators are up to on our third floor? Here’s a peek into what’s happening in the Werner Gundersheimer Conservation Laboratory this month:

The team is in full treatment mode for the Library’s upcoming exhibition, “Symbols of Honor: Heraldry and Family History in Shakespeare’s England,” opening this summer. Before every exhibition, of course, the conservation team reviews the items to be displayed to do any necessary work to repair or stabilize them. Here are a few of the items that they’re working on at the moment:

Adrienne Bell, Book Conservator, is plugging away on guarding and getting back together the extremely damaged textblocks of this manuscript book of mottoes (Folger MS V.b.202):

damaged textblocks

damaged textblocks

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