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HMC Library Receives Conservation Grant

The Library was delighted to receive a grant from the National Manuscript Conservation Trust towards the conservation of 1100 testimonials. The College’s testimonial volumes provide key information on the admissions process and the demographic make-up of the College.

The College is one of the original dissenting academies and this material covers the period from 1816 to 1927. During this time, the people associated with the College were predominantly European but there were many originally from Asia and some women. These, together with Admissions Registers dating from 1786, and the College photographic collection dating from 1892, enable us to provide comprehensive information to researchers.

The material has been difficult to access in the past due to the way it has been bound and the fact that it is very dirty. Conservation involves cleaning and disassembling the volumes, which will make them much more easily accessible for researchers. This grant was made possible thanks to the support of the Pilgrim Trust.

For more information on the work of the National Manuscript Conservation Trust, see: https://www.nmct.co.uk/