Conservation

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Conservation

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Much of the work of the Preservation and Preservation team revolves around collection care.  In The Mitchell Library, with its diverse range of library and archive materials, this means caring for a wide variety of formats. 

The Mitchell complex has 14 floors (including three basement levels) housing maps, plans, parchments, vellums, manuscripts, scrolls, photographs, glass plates, lantern slides, film, magnetic media, paintings, watercolours, wax seals, and even some materials not yet identified!  
 
There are also a lot of books. Bindings vary from modern paperbacks to some of the earliest examples of Scottish bookbinding, sizes from microscopic (Old King Cole by the Gleniffer Press) to double elephant folio (Birds of America by John James Audubon) and materials from leather to hand-made paper.  
Items from The Mitchell Library's collections are often used to illustrate a deeper background to exhibitions and the Conservation team is often involved in preparing material for use at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and The Hunterian. ​This work includes checking and recording of items for loan, photography, carrying out specialised mounting and framing, repair work and making customised book cradles so that the sewing structure is not damaged whilst on show.  







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