To: Sunday 07.01.18
Conservation Live (I)
With Icon Trustee Lorraine Finch ACR
Wisbech and Fenland Museum,
Museum Square, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire
This event is FREE.
An opportunity to see behind the scenes. Come and find out about conservation cleaning and watch precious books from our library be conserved. Icon Trustee Lorraine Finch ACR will explain how and why books are conserved. A must if you always wondered what happens behind the scenes at the museum.
Background to Wisbech and Fenland Museum
Wisbech and Fenland Museum opened in 1847 and is one of the oldest museums in the UK; set up by the worthies of the town from the Wisbech Literary Society and Wisbech Museum Trustees, they bought land next to the church and had the museum designed specifically with a Victorian gallery and library and lecture room. The museum has had a refurbishment some 15 years ago to provide a newer gallery and education space for schools.
The museum continues to collect, care for, and interpret the natural and cultural heritage of Wisbech and the surrounding Fens. Today, in addition to fine examples of decorative arts, geology, fossils and natural science, it holds incomparable literary documents of international significance, a substantial archive, including parish registers, local government records, manorial records, directories, photographs and maps. The Library of the Wisbech & Fenland Museum is a reference library, comprising ca 12,000 volumes in two distinct collections including the original manuscript of 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens.