Book month at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
We are coming into the last stages, and fourth year of the Sissinghurst Book Project. At a cost of £100,000, the project has meant that we now know the condition of the 11,000 books in our collection.
This hugely important work, costing up to £20 per book to conserve means that we now know they are housed in the best possible conditions.
As a predominately 20th century collection of books, they are intrinsically weaker than older books, as they are glued together rather than sewn and the paper quality is often not as good. 85% of the books in the library have been made bookshoes, to give support to the textblocks.
In Vita’s Writing Room, shelfliners have been made, to offer support to the pages without taking up so much room on the shelves, as it is important to keep the integrity of the layout of the books, which is as Vita left it on her death.
See book conservation in action everyday in October.