Our book conservation appeal has now raised almost 50,000 pounds to date and we are extremely grateful to all our friends who have donated so far.
When books from our collection and loaned items from around the world were installed for our current Emma exhibition #EmmaAt200, we concurrently purchased a UV Light Monitor to measure both the amount of ultra-violet light and the amount of visible light (lux) present in all exhibiting rooms.
To ensure that there would be no problems with light during particularly sunny periods, the curtains in the exhibition room and the partially see-through blinds in the lower reading room have now been replaced with blackout-blinds. These will not only protect our own and loaned items on display both now and in the future, but also shield the books spines of our rare volumes in the lower reading room and conserve them for many years to come.
The money for these has come from our book conservation fund which is being used to ensure the protection of the collection both individually and as a whole.