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The Chantry Library finds a “new” home

Icon and the Oxford Conservation Consortium (OCC) are delighted to announce that they have reached agreement on the transfer of ownership and management of the Chantry Library from Icon to the OCC.

In 2014, Icon’s Trustees made the decision to close the Library and seek to transfer it and the remaining restricted fund to a suitable new owner. The Oxford Conservation Consortium is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation whose members and Trustees are fourteen of the colleges of the University of Oxford. OCC provides collection care services within the historic library and archive collections of its members. The Chantry Library is an important reference collection of conservation literature and is currently located in the same building in Oxford that is occupied by OCC.

Under the new agreement the Chantry Library will be owned and managed by OCC, and from August 2016 it will be accessible to Icon members and the public by searching the Oxford University Online Catalogue and making an appointment to visit. Further details and contact information will be announced in due course.

OCC is pleased to be the new custodian of the Chantry Library, and to be able to continue the work of Icon in maintaining this unique collection. Icon is delighted that the Library is staying in its current home where Icon members can continue to have access to this very special collection. 

For further information please contact:

Jane Eagan ACR FIIC, Head Conservator
Oxford Conservation Consortium

Alison Richmond ACR FIIC, Chief Executive
Icon, The Institute of Conservation

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