Bruynzeel Storage Systems is proud to announce it is offering a bursary for a student or a new or emerging practitioner to attend the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference, which takes place in Brighton from 6-8 September 2017.

Entitled ‘Collections at Risk’, the RBSCG Conference 2017 will focus on the risks that our library and archive collections face and how to mitigate them. Topics covered include theft and vandalism and the sale and disposal of collections. Speakers include Adrian Edwards (British Library); Giles Mandelbrote (Lambeth Palace Library); Barbara McCormack (Maynooth University) and Anastasia Tennant (Arts Council England). The three-day conference will include visits to The Keep, East Sussex’s world-class archive centre, and a drinks reception at the iconic Brighton Royal Pavilion (pictured above).

“The Rare Books and Special Collections Group Conference offers a friendly and nurturing environment for students and emerging practitioners to broaden their understanding of their chosen profession,” said Archie Waterston, managing director of Bruynzeel Storage Systems. “Bruynzeel is very pleased to be able to continue its support of the conference by sponsoring a bursary place for the fourth consecutive year.”

Last year’s bursary awardee, Samantha Smart, said: “Attending the RBSCG conference in Liverpool last September was a brilliant experience, and I would very much encourage any students or new professionals to apply for the Bruynzeel bursary. I found the Rare Books and Special Collections Group incredibly welcoming, and benefited quite as much from having the opportunity to speak to other professionals in the library, museum and archives sector about their thoughts and experiences as I did from listening to the wonderful programme of talks.”

Since attending RBSCG Conference, Sam has secured a permanent post as an Archivist (Digital Services) at National Records of Scotland.

Bursaries cover attendance fees, accommodation and travel expenses.

For more details and how to apply, download the bursary information document from the RBSCG Conference 2017 page on the CILIP website.

The closing date for bursary applications is 17 July.