Covering 250 square metres, the Centre includes the following areas:
The Documentation and Examination Room
All items undergoing conservation are documented both photographically and in written format before and after treatment. The documentation and examination room provides space for detailed examination and photography of items to be carried out under controlled conditions.
The Main Studio
The Book Conservation Studio
The book conservation studio contains book specific equipment such as sewing frames, a laying press and a nipping press. It is also where any ‘dirty’ jobs can be carried out, such as toning leathers or papers, and paring leather.
The Decontamination Room
All material that comes into the collection is assessed before entering the store areas. If mould or any evidence of pest infestation is found, then material will be held for treatment in the decontamination room. The decontamination room contains equipment such as a biological safety cabinet and a Bassaire unit (a dust box with suction) to allow for safe cleaning of affected material.
The Freezer Room
The freezer room contains a large freezer that can quickly reach temperatures of -40°C. Items suffering from pest infestation can be frozen in order to kill any pests. In the event of a flood or a fire, the freezer can also be used to freeze material that has been damaged by water. Freezing the material allows the condition to be stabilised until there is time/space to complete drying and treatment.