Caroline Bendix ACR
I am an accredited, freelance libraries conservator, working in situ since 1985, i.e. taking conservation to the collections and not working in my own studio. I specialise in the well-being, on-going care and conservation of printed books and bound manuscripts.
In 2019 I was humbled and delighted to be awarded the Plowden Medal for my services to the conservation of libraries.
I provide the following services:
- Preservation audits/surveys/reports on libraries and books, including their environment, storage, handling, salvage and display
- Preparation and implementation of plans for the long-term maintenance/conservation and use of collections
- Training for librarians and curators in library preservation awareness and any of the above
- Courses on Cleaning, and Damage Assessment for West Dean College at the British Library
- Programmes of in-situ conservation and stabilisation
- Full conservation surveys of books
- Training of volunteers to carry out in-situ conservation and condition surveys
- Advice on packing and moving libraries and the implementation thereof
- Supply of conservators trained by self to carry out in-situ conservation
- Advice on the exhibition and display of books, on and off site
- Lectures on all aspects of library conservation to a wide range of clients
I am the National Trust's Adviser on Libraries Conservation and trainer and adviser on book conservation projects to The Arts Society (formerly NADFAS), both since 1992.