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Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Conservation of C18th Vestry Minute Book is focus of RCB Library's January Archive presentation

The January Archive of the Month
The first Archive for the Month presentation for 2017 from the RCB Library in Dublin focuses on a recently completed project: the repair and conservation of a vestry minute book covering the period 1710 to 1806.

Illustrated with photographs, the online presentation takes viewers through the restoration and conservation work carried out on this one volume, showing the painstaking steps undertaken by a specialist team to bring such a unique record back to its former glory.

The project was completed by specialist craftsman Declan Browne of Liturgical Book Restorers. Declan is a well-known public face as he regularly appears in the television broadcast of the Angelus from his studio in Athlone (see RTE Player).

Conservation of the featured vestry minute book cost the Library €1,600.

With public support, the RCB Library, which is the repository and archive of the Church of Ireland, will be able to undertake other projects and thus ensure future public access to these research materials. Donations are always welcome and can be made via a secure online payment link here: RCB Library Conservation Fund.