Finishing the Minton Conservation Project

August sees the end of the Minton Conservation Project, which has been ongoing for the last year. Funded by the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust and the Art Fund, with contributions from the Wolfson Foundation and the Pilgrim Trust, the project enabled conservator Jess Hyslop to work full-time conserving a selection of books and artworks from the Minton Archive.
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The Horrors of Pressure-Sensitive Tape!

Hi everyone, it’s Minton Conservator Jess Hyslop again, here to relate to you a terrifying tale… A story so spine-chilling that it will haunt your waking hours and enter into your nightmares… A tale of… Wait for it…
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A Green Parchment Binding

One of the books selected for treatment during the Minton Archive conservation project is this rather handsome green parchment volume (SD1705/MS1583). Dated post-1827, it contains designs for ornaments and shapes, executed in graphite pencil and watercolour wash.
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Conserving Early Minton Pattern Books 1 & 2: Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of this post, in which I am describing the conservation treatment given to Early Minton Pattern Books 1 and 2. By the end of Part 1, I had disbound the book, removed the library film and tape, and repaired the pages and spine folds. With the constituent parts of the book in much better condition than before, it was then time to start putting them back together again…
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Repairing Paper

One of the questions I hear most as a book and paper conservator is ‘So… How do you actually repair a piece of paper?’ I thought that with this blog post I would shed some light on this frequently asked question.
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Springback Bindings – the Clue’s in the Name!

Hi everyone, Minton project conservator Jess here! Last time I was on the blog, I introduced myself and the conservation work I’m carrying out this year on some chosen items from The Minton Archive. In that post, I also mentioned springback bindings – and this time, I want to tell you a little more about this incredibly popular bookbinding structure that can be found in abundance in many archives and collections, especially here in the UK.
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Conserving The Minton Archive

With funding provided by the Art Fund (with a contribution from The Wolfson Foundation), and The Pilgrim Trust, through the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust, we have recently begun a one-year conservation project for The Minton Archive. We are delighted to welcome our new conservator, Jessica Hyslop, to The Minton Archive blog.
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