A small bindery, housed in Morton's Tower, was established in the 1950s. It was set up to repair books damaged by bombing during the Blitz of 1941, when the Great Hall received a direct hit. With that work completed in the 1990s, the bindery was refitted to archival standards to become a dedicated conservation studio, where trained conservators carry out work on all aspects of our collections, such as binding conservation, the cleaning and repair of archives, manuscripts and printed books and prints.

The Library does not supply rebinding or conservation services to private individuals, and for commercial reasons we do not recommend external suppliers. Our suggestion would be to contact book conservators and bookbinders through websites such as the Conservation Register which is run through the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and holds a list of accredited book conservators who can deal with a range of conservation issues; and the ‘Find a Bookbinder’ section on the Society of Bookbinders website has a list of (unendorsed, so do check credentials) bookbinders who undertake a range of bookbinding and some conservation relating to book structures.

The Whole Psalter Translated into English Metre (**E1440.P2)

New in Conservation

An example of recent work in the conservation studio.