Library receives funding for preservation projects

UCL Library Services has recently been successful in two bids for external funding. The first was to Research Resources in Medical History, a competitive grants scheme run by the British Library in partnership with the Wellcome Trust. RRMH aims to support the preservation of materials of interest to medical historians and the Library has secured funding for a six-month project of retrospective cataloguing and conservation of rare books. The project will produce machine-readable records for 2,100 items housed in the Institute of Orthopaedics and Department of Human Communication Science Libraries. In addition, vital rebinding work will be undertaken on 500 fragile rare texts held at the Institute of Laryngology Library.

The second bid was to the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust, a body set up by the British Library and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts. It aims to provide financial assistance to ensure the preservation of the nation's written heritage. The Trust has recently awarded the Library money to carry out conservation work on 4,000 manuscripts in the Jeremy Bentham Collection. The papers of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) consist of over 60,000 sheets of manuscript material covering the whole range of his writings, including published and unpublished works, drafts of letters from Bentham and a few letters to him. The money will go towards cleaning, minor repairs and appropriate storage of the manuscripts.

Further information: Anne Chesher