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Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Today is my first day as Paper Conservation Intern at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin. Very excited about all the projects I will get to work on here, and the potential to also learn a little more about book binding. It’s the most beautiful collection:

http://www.cbl.ie/

And staffed by the most lovely bunch of people. The current exhibition China through the Lens of John Thomson is quite extraordinary as it features spectacular images of people in 19th Century China, many of which are remarkably unstaged and show insight into the culture and daily lives of the people they depict.

The photos are accompanied by some objects of clothing and accessories from the Library’s own collections, including the most wonderful child’s hat in the shape of a tiger, complete with tail. A review of the exhibition is here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2011/1116/1224307633848.html

More most definitely to follow on how I progress here…

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