Three more Chantry Library acquisitions

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Changing Views of Textile Conservation (Readings in Conservation) edited by Mary M. Brooks & Dinah D. Eastop, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2011, 658pp ISBN: 978 -1 60606-048-3
This fourth volume in the Readings in Conservation series aims to promote critical thinking about the concepts and practices of textile conservation and to encourage engagement with new issues. Recognizing conservation as a dynamic social force, the volume draws attention to the cultural significance of textiles and dress and to the importance of textile conservation in fostering understanding and use of collections. Further details here:

House Paints, 1900-1960: History and Use (Research in Conservation) by Harriet A. L. Standeven,, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2011, 147pp  ISBN: 978-1-60606-067-4
The versatility of modern commercial house paints has ensured their use in a broad range of applications, including the protection and decoration of historic buildings, the coating of toys and furniture, and the creation of works of art. Historically, house paints were based on naturally occurring oils, gums, resins, and proteins, but in the early twentieth century, the introduction of synthetic resins revolutionized the industry. Good quality ready-mixed products became available and were used by artists worldwide. While the ubiquity of commercial paints means that conservators are increasingly called upon to preserve them, such paints pose unique challenges including establishing exactly which materials are present. This book traces the history of the household paint industry in the United States and United Kingdom over the first half of the twentieth century.
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New Approaches to Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration edited by Patricia Engel, Joseph Schiro, Rene Larsen, Elissaveta Moussakova and Istvan Kecskemeti, Verlag Berger Horn/Wien, 2011, 748pp  ISBN: 978-3-85028-518-6
This book summarizes the needs for further research in the field of book and paper conservation and represents an understanding of this task under the current state of affairs and from the most comprehensive point of view possible. Librarians, archivists, heads of print and drawing collections, conservators and historians as well as art historians and natural scientists have all been consulted in an attempt to discover what exactly is needed to safeguard our written cultural heritage.  Contents listed at:


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