Category Archives: Media articles of interest

Interesting Guardian article regarding archive research

I’ve just come across this recent Guardian article which highlights the astonishing variability of costs for UK researchers who want to photograph documents within archives:  http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/may/23/history-research-costs-archive-fees While some of the fees quoted may sound unreasonable, it’s true that we must … Continue reading

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Conservation of a marriage document by the Library of Congress

I’ve just come across this really good article by the Library of Congress, which describes the conservation treatment of a marriage document. It describes really well some of the thought processes that must be applied to even the most simple … Continue reading

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What do the Queen, goats and local elections have in common?

Well apparently, the Queen’s annual speech delivered today which sets out the priorities for Parliament for the coming year is traditionally written on goat skin parchment. However, due to cutbacks, the speech is now written on goatskin parchment paper. Paper … Continue reading

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Latest Newsletter- now available

The latest newsletter from Zoe Finlay Paper Conservation is now available either by clicking the below link or by accessing via my ‘Newsletter’ page, where archived issues can be found; Newsletter – April 2013 This seventh issue focuses on illuminated manuscripts … Continue reading

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Libraries through the Ages

“Libraries are the means by which the present learns from the past, and leaves its own intellectual legacy to the future. We are the heirs of five thousand years of learning…” Libraries through the Ages, Fred Lerner, (1999) Continuum Publishing … Continue reading

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Latest Newsletter…almost there!

My latest newsletter is almost ready and will be available on the ‘Newsletter’ page of this site on Friday 26th April. If you would like to subscribe to the mailing list, please email me at zoe.finlay@gmail.com Thank you

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Preservation of papermaking traditions

I recently came across this article, http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2013-04/02/content_16370200.htm, which reports on an award given for the preservation of intangible heritage in China. Intangible heritage includes traditions which are passed from generation to generation, such as a skill, songs, rituals or storytelling. In this article, the … Continue reading

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Bringing the North East’s Engineering Heritage Back Home (Tyne & Wear Archives)

This is an interesting article about preserving records which relate to the North East’s vast industrial heritage. Many of these plans will be a beautiful and precise drawings made painstakingly by hand. And just look at their sheer scale! http://www.twmuseums.org.uk/engage/blog/bringing-the-north-easts-engineering-heritage-back-home/

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Reuters; Not reading from the same page…

Quite how Reuters can one day confidently report that Timbuktu libraries have been torched, ( http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/01/28/uk-mali-rebels-idUKBRE90P0A120130128and) and then two days later report that they haven’t been torched and the majority of manuscripts are in fact safe is a little baffling. … Continue reading

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Timbuktu’s Missing Manuscripts

If, like me, you have found it heartbreaking to hear the news of the supposed destruction of Timbuktu’s ancient manuscripts, (or MSS), then you may be interested to read the below two articles which give a slightly different, and perhaps more … Continue reading

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