Previous Conservation Internships
National Library of Ireland
Élodie Lévèque 2010 - 2011
After a two-year programme in Fine Binding at École Estienne in Paris, Élodie attended a Librarianship studies in Paris X University. As part as this programme she interned at the Contemporary Art Museum in Montreal, working on the DOCAM Project for Preservation of Media Art, and at the National Library of Wales working on several bindings from the 16th to the 19th century.
In 2006, Élodie took part the Sorbonne University’s Book and Paper Conservation Programme resulting in an internship at the Morgan Library in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2010, she had the opportunity to work on a 1930s photo album and various Incunabula conservation treatments as part of the Gladys Brook Conservation Internship at the New York Academy of Medicine.
As part of her work in the National Library of Ireland, her first project was a survey and treatment of a selection of ephemera from the Irish War of Independence period. This included a large survey of the ephemera collection dated from the 1920s Civil War period. The aim of the survey was to prepare for the anticipated increase in access and usage in the run-up to the centenary of the Easter Rising in 2016.
Ketti Angeli 2008 - 2009
During her internship, Ketti was involved in a range of conservation and preservation activities. These included the preparation and installation of an exhibition, specific surveying in manuscript and printed collections and the compilation of a conservation documentation database. Ketti also carried out a number of full conservation treatments on single sheet, pamphlet and book format items. A bound 18th century music collection volume was Ketti’s main conservation treatment project, the had been inaccessible as it was in extremely poor condition.
Another project Ketti undertook was the treatment of 6 pamphlets and 17 single sheets items from the Jonathon Swift Collection printed between 1710 and 1730 in Dublin. Conservation treatment included removal of acidic mounts, full repair and re-housing in a specially designed post-binding. Each of the pamphlets was given archival sewing and an inboard binding covered in Buckram and marbled paper.
Keiki Furumoto 2007 - 2008
Keiko was involved in a wide range of conservation and preservation activities, assisting in the installation of two exhibitions and the emergency packing and relocation of an artefact collection. Keiko has also carried out a wide range of remedial treatments on a selection of prints, drawings and maps. Significant among these was an 18th century four-sheet Irish map entitled A Survey of the City Harbour Bay and Environs of Dublin. This hand-coloured map was extremely discoloured, brittle and illegible, largely due to the original map creator’s use of copper-sourced pigments and a subsequent application of varnish. Her treatment was designed to address the issue of the map’s long-term stability by reducing the main causes of its deterioration - a complex process involving the removal of the varnish, applying a temporary facing and removing the degraded old linings.