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www.nadfas.org.ukNADFAS REVIEW SUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 20105HERITAGE VOLUNTEERSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONFor some years Kent HeritageVolunteers have undertaken librarywork. RUSI (Royal United ServicesInstitute for Defence Studies) is perhapsthe longest running endeavour fromKent. Work by Heritage Volunteers fromKnole DFAS in the library at RUSI hasbeen going on for 12 years. As it is aworking library with a full-time librarian,the ladies rarely have to deal with rare orfragile books. However, a favouriteproject was a leather and gilt foliodecorated with the coronet and cipherof Prince William Augustus, son ofGeorge II, and dated 1731. Whenopened it revealed folded paper 'pop-up' skeletal models of two Royal Navyships, HMS Greyhoundand HMSDiamond. It is thought the folio wascommissioned by the Royal Navy for thePrince's birthday. Delicate repairs topaper and broken threads were requiredand the ladies were delighted to see thefolio featured on the Antiques Roadshow.Another group of Heritage Volunteersfrom Sevenoaks and Knole DFASs iscleaning books in the library atwhole sets of works are beautifullyproduced with tooled leather bindings.Other work included a rescueoperation at Leeds Castle. Mid KentDFAS received a call requesting urgenthelp: an overnight guest had allowed abath to overflow and the water hadseeped onto the books below in thelibrary. These were taken away to afreeze-dry facility. The NADFAS BookConservator assessed what needed tobe done, organised training and theHeritage Volunteers got to work.In 2004, following further training, thesame group of volunteers started workat the Royal Engineers' Library at theirbarracks in Chatham, which housesphotographs, maps, books and journals.The nature of the materials worked withpreviously augmented the techniquesneeded by the group to deal with thewide range of problems encountered.Such demands have clarified the needfor annual retraining and reassessmentdays across all groups. Each trainingday leaves us more confident andcapable, exhausted but exhilarated. In the first of two accounts of Heritage Volunteer activities in historically important libraries,Melinda Robinson, of Knole DFAS, describes the delight of working with booksQuiet pleasuresLullingstone Castle. Small, perhaps2,000-3,000 books, it is a quintessentialgentleman's country library. LullingstoneCastle is deep in the Darenth Valley inKent. For many years it was the home ofthe silk industry in England. It is alsohome to Tom Hart Dyke's World Garden.For eight months of the year, teamsfrom Knole and Sevenoaks DFASs arewarmly welcomed by Sarah Hart Dyke,who makes us feel special with tea,cakes and other goodies. In fineweather, a picnic lunch in a sunny spotby the old garden wall is a delight. Some of the books need littleattention, save a thorough brushing anda completed worksheet. Some,however, represent a challenge -notjust because they are in poor condition,but often because they are sointeresting. It can be difficult toconcentrate on the work in hand whenpage after page is illustrated andannotated by previous readers. Becausethere were a number of clergymen inprevious generations of the Hart Dykefamily, sermons are well represented:Below: Librarywork can beenormouslyabsorbing, especially wherebooks containannotations and otherenhancementsby previousreaders

6NADFAS REVIEWSUPPLEMENT/ SUMMER 2010www.nadfas.org.ukHERITAGE VOLUNTEERSNADFASARTS EDUCATION AND HERITAGECONSERVATIONAblustery November morning, andoutside Lambeth Palace'sLollards'Gate the trees bend wildly.But in a cluttered room, tucked away inthe library that is part of the Archbishopof Canterbury's London residence, thescene is one of calm. Seated around atable strewn with books, sponges,Vaseline, ribbons and cleaning fluids aresix Heritage Volunteers from Dulwich,Westminster, Wimbledon and PutneyDFASs. Wearing aprons and protectivegloves, the women gently rub at leathercovers, ortie ribbons around bookswhose pages have ripped from theirbindings. A quiet camaraderie pervades.For the past 10 years the group (albeitwith a few changes of members alongthe way) has spent every other Tuesdayat Lambeth Palace Library caring forsome of its most important collections; a further Heritage Volunteer team offersits services every other Thursday.highlights will be an astonishing collectionof historic Bibles from the Sion Collection.The Sion Collection was transferred toLambeth Palace Library in 1996 followingthe closure of Sion College. Sion College,founded in 1630, is a body of centralLondon priests that promotes learningand fellowship among the capital's clergy.On closure of its library, its historicallyimportant collections were split betweenLambeth Palace, King's College and theGuildhall libraries, with Lambethreceiving all materials pre-dating 1850.It is these books that the NADFASHeritage Volunteers have tended tomost recently. "This is an incredibly richcollection," explains Lambeth's DeputyLibrarian, Gabriel Sewell. "Itcomplements the Lambeth collectionswith a key focus on the Church, but arich diversity of other subject material,notably history and literature." TheNADFAS team's efforts are invaluable inEvery other Tuesday, for over a decade, a team of Greater London Area Heritage Volunteers has reported forduty at Lambeth Palace Library. Their task: to help preservehistorically priceless books for generations to come.Danielle Greenhears their storyLadies ofthe PalaceFounded in 1610 by ArchbishopRichard Bancroft, Lambeth Palace Libraryis the historic library and record office ofthe Archbishops of Canterbury, and theprincipal repository of the documentaryhistory of the Church of England. Recordsheld here date from the ninth century tothe present day, and while much of thecollection relates to ecclesiastical history,there is also material on a myriad oftopics including social, political,architectural and economic history.Situated in the oldest remaining part ofthe palace (1440) is the Great Hall.Ransacked by Cromwellian troops duringthe English Civil War, it wasrebuilt afterthe Restoration with a stunning lateGothic hammer beam roof. Today, theGreat Hall, once the library readingroom, is used for exhibitions. Next yearthe library will stage an exhibition here tomark the 400th anniversary of the firstAuthorized Version Bible. Among the