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Working as part of a team to conservse the libraries of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson at Sissinghurst.  A project that continued for two months a year over five years and involved treating 11,000 books.  The consevation work was conducted in the library at Sissinghurst in view of the public and included giving twice daily talks on the project.  The work involved documentation, insitu repairs, folder/bookshoe making.

I work on my own or in a team to conduct coservation and preservation work on location within an historic house, library or archive.

If I need to work on a large volume of material such as rehousing, cleaning, packing etc then it is often easier and more cost effective to work on site.

In situ & Exhibition Preservation & Conservation

The National Trust at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

©Lara Meredith

©Lara Meredith

©Lara Meredith

Book & Archive Exhibitions

     •     Advise on display case layout

     •     Acrylic and board cradle making

     •     Archival mounting  

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Bespoke clear acrylic cradles made to safely support bound items during exhibition

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Middle Temple Law Court Library

To support the Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers in their "Adopt A Book" scheme.

Demonstrating Book Conservation Techniques

Working in situ in the basement library

Removing each book from the shelf, assessed its condition, surface cleaning, making protective wrappers etc, returning to cleaned shelves

©Lara Meredith

©Lara Meredith

©Lara Meredith

©Lara Meredith

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Folded and torn

Repaired with Japanese tissue and mounted for exhibition

©Lara Meredith

Letters, Capability Brown

Lara Meredith

Book & Archive Conservation