Preservation top of the agenda at conference
Bruynzeel Storage Systems is proud to announce it is sponsoring a bursary place to attend this year’s CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Conference in Aberdeen. The conference, entitled ‘New Space for Old Books: Building for the Future’ will focus on how to adapt historic buildings for modern usage and include advice on ensuring the future safety and preservation of collections.

“Preservation is an ever-present consideration when it comes to the storage of rare books and special collections,” said Peter Palmer, Bruynzeel UK’s managing director. “It is only at moments of crisis – such as the loss of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh library in the Glasgow School of Art fire earlier this year – that the wider population become aware of this essential issue.” “By sponsoring a CILIP bursary place, Bruynzeel aims to support the great work done by professionals behind the scenes to ensure the preservation of special collections now and in the future.” Applications for the bursaries are open until 14 July. Bursaries cover attendance fees, a dinner, accommodation and travel.

Amanda Saville, Chair of CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group, said: “I am absolutely delighted that Bruynzeel’s generous sponsorship has enabled the Group to offer a second sponsored place at this year’s annual study conference.” “We know from previous bursary holders how important attendance at events such as the RBSCG Conference can be for those in the early stages of a career in special collections.” Candidates for the bursaries must be members of the CILIP Rare Books and Special Collections Group who are students or have recently started a career working with special materials. The conference takes place 27-29 August at University of Aberdeen.