Last week Jane Kirby (Old Bedalian and Volunteer Archivist) and Ian Douglas (Librarian) attended a conservation workshop arranged by the School Archivists Group. This organisation brings together staff and volunteers working in over 250 independent schools, who between them share responsibility for looking after a vital part of the national heritage.
Top of the bill on this occasion was expert advice on preserving photographs, film and textiles. Jane and Ian can now confidently distinguish an albumen print from a silver gelatin print, and understand their different preservation needs. We have also been cautiously sniffing our film collection for signs of the dreaded ‘vinegar syndrome’.
In our own recent conservation work, Jane has been making bespoke light-proof boxes, to protect some early Bedalians’ photo albums. Ian has conserved and rebound this 1930s diary written by Dunhurst pupils.
The work of the school archive is made possible by generous support from Bedales families – both financial support, and donations of photos, documents and artefacts. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you think you may be able to help, or if we can assist you with your own research.
Regular readers of the Saturday Bulletin will remember that a growing collection of digitised school magazines is freely available to search and browse here.