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Manuscripts and printed books

Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00 | Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed 24th December to 27th December 2021 and 31st December 2021 to 1st January 2022 inclusive closed Gallery closures and collection updates

We are responsible for the physical preservation of all the material the department holds including medieval and renaissance manuscripts, illuminated fragments, early and fine printed books, autographs and music manuscripts.

Our work involves an ongoing programme of collections care, research and collaboration with colleagues in and beyond the museum.

Complex remedial and interventive treatments are carried out in our newly refurbished conservation workshop, a flexible working space furnished with state-of-the-art equipment.

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