I’m very chuffed to announce that I’ve been awarded some money from Conservation by Design through the Nicholas Hadgraft Scholarship, to go to the Montefiascone summer school. I’ll be attending the week-long workshop lead by Senior Conservator Anne Hillam on semi-limp parchment bindings.
The summer school was developed in 1992 after a long running conservation project. The Montefiascone Conservation Project was originally conceived in order to save the virtually derelict library of the Seminario Barbarigo. This late medieval library contains not only the collection of Cardinal Barbarigo, but also other important books including some unique editions. This library is important to the history of the town, and is especially relevant to those interested in the history of the book.
In 1992 a programme of summer schools was established, and this continues to run in parallel with the library project. The classes provide an opportunity for librarians, conservators, cataloguers, bibliographers and those interested in the history and conservation of books, to assemble once a year to study one or more of the four, week-long courses. Many new acquaintances and friendships have been established as a result of these meetings, and knowledge and skills have been generously disseminated by masters in the field.
So, needless to say, I am really really looking forward to my trip to Italy, and staying in this beautiful town, and working in the Seminario each day!
These are of course, not my photos – and were found through Google.