Three weekly seminars on book conservation and historic bindings will be held in Patmos during September 2011 at a traditional stately Patmian house adjacent to the monastery of St John Theologian. The monastery itself preserves one of the most important monastic libraries of the Christian world, containing a wealth of Greek manuscripts, scrolls, and printed books.
Seminar 2 concentrates the preservation of books and manuscripts. Libraries and archives are composed of organic materials which are readily degraded by their environment. Factors such as temperature, humidity, light, pollution and insect pests rapidly reduce the life span of books and manuscripts. This course is designed to examine the causes of deterioration in detail. It is strongly practically based and is addressed to all those with a responsibility for historic and artistic collections, composed of manuscripts, books and paper objects. Tutor: Robert Child