The Glucksman Conservation Centre is based on the lower ground floor of The Sir Duncan Rice Library at the University of Aberdeen. It is staffed by three qualified conservators and a collection care assistant who work with the Special Collections Centre staff to preserve the historically important book and archives collections.
The conservation team look after all aspects of the physical care of the Special Collections which include a range of materials such as paper, vellum and parchment documents, rare books, works of art on paper, seals, maps, plans, charts, photographs, pamphlets and other ephemera.
The care of the collection encompasses both interventive conservation and implementation of preventive measures to monitor or control agents that can cause deterioration to the collection.
The Centre also contributes to the department's outreach programme to specialist and non specialist audiences. To date, workshops and training sessions have been delivered on integrated pest management (including a workshop delivered by one of the leading experts on IPM in the cultural sector, entomologist David Pinnegar), several bookbinding workshops, and sessions on care and handling of books and archive materials.
The conservation team also supports the programme of exhibitions held in the Gallery on the ground floor of the Sir Duncan Rice Library. Details of past, current and forthcoming exhibitions can be found here.