This binding is from Lizzie’s son’s old school in Hammersmith. It’s a large format, landscape book, the text-block is made from poor quality brown sugar paper, and has guards to compensate for the inserted material; programmes, photos, artwork and timetables amongst others. At some point a few pages have been removed, but the guards have remained, which has caused the pages to warp, and has created deep creases and weaknesses, where losses and tears have formed.
I’ve started where Lizzie left off and finished off dry cleaning the whole thing (it was filthy!) I prepared some remoistenable tissue as well as some paper for infilling, and started paper repairs. It’s been pretty slow going, and Lizzie’s come up with a different technique, which I started today, and it’s much quicker.