Merton’s collections include medieval manuscripts, parchment deeds and account rolls, prints, photographs, maps, and early printed books in historic bindings—all of which require specialist care to preserve them for current and future use. Fortunately Merton is a member of the Oxford Conservation Consortium, a collaborative conservation centre formed by a group of Oxford colleges in 1990. Since 2001 the Oxford Conservation Consortium has been based in a modern, spacious workshop developed by Merton at the Grove Cottage site. The Conservation Consortium employs accredited conservators, helps train future specialists through an internship programme and attracts visits from conservators from around the world.
Right-hand image: a seminar at the Oxford Conservation Consortium workshop.