The Book and Paper Group are pleased to present recipients of our Professional Development Bursaries.
After training in Art History and Conservation Science at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Mito Matsumaru enrolled in the West Dean College Books and Library Materials programme. Her MA research is dedicated to understanding the parameters affecting the quality of wheat starch paste: “Wheat starch paste: A study of cooking profiles and adhesive properties across preparation recipes”. She will dedicate this ICON bursary to fund access to viscometry equipement used in food chemistry (the Rapid Visco Analyser) to measure the evolution of starch viscosity under controlled cooking conditions.
My name is Mathilde, I am finishing my first year on the Fine Art pathway at Camberwell College, London. My undergraduate was in History of Art at Glasgow University, during which I worked and volunteered in archives and conservation studios in Scotland.
I applied for the BPG Professional Development bursary for support in attending the IAP Gels Conference in October 2017 here in London - I look forward to reporting back!
Françoise Richard is an Icon accredited Book and Paper conservator, with international experience in preventive and remedial conservation. After a three-year course in graphic arts and traditional bookbinding at École Estienne, Paris, she joined the Panthéon-Sorbonne University conservation program and graduated in 2005 with a MA in Book and Paper Conservation. She built her professional experience in major Institutions including the Library of Congress, Washington DC, USA, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada, and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK. Her last position as a Book and Manuscript Conservator at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, offered opportunities to work on a variety of printed books, manuscripts, and archival material from the rich collections of Colleges from the University of Cambridge.
The demand from Cambridge College Libraries to re-house and conserve rare Chinese printed books prompted my interest to look at these books through the prism of their conservation history in western collections. Examination of Chinese books printed before 1700 and kept in Cambridge libraries allowed me to understand their typology, and grasp the effects of the custody of western libraries on their materiality. Through this project, I built expertise in a very specific domain which there is no ‘ready-made’ solutions: the conservation of hybrid, westernized Chinese books.
My research projects included:
Visiting libraries to examine the typology and record the state of preservation of early Chinese printed books in western collections.
Discussing conservation proposals with conservators experienced with the challenges of working on Chinese printed books.
Hands-on conservation work.
I shared the outcomes of my research with a paper published on the IFLA website (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions): From China to Cambridge: modification of rare Chinese printed books within Cambridge College libraries http://library.ifla.org/1692/1/088-richard-en.pdf. I also gave a talk in August 2017 at the last IFLA WLIC (World Library and Information Congress) in Wrocław, Poland.
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Image: 1735 French marble; Public Domain