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Loans and Exhibitions

Karen has worked on several high profile in-house and touring exhibitions and preparing items for loan. Much of this training was gained during her work as Senior Book Conservator with the V&A Museum, London. She is skilled at written and photo-documentation and examination as part of the incoming or outgoing condition report of book and archive materials, making recommendations and construction of book supports and monitoring storage conditions for specific material types. Karen commissioned the creation of a Visual Basic Macro to quickly include small batches of images to electronic condition reports.
Exhibitions have included: Gothic Art for England, Christopher Dresser, Encounters, Jameel Gallery and the Islamic Touring Exhibition.

Islamic Touring Exhibition: Preparing 800 Hijri (14thC) Qur'an for Loan

                               Before: Examination revealed damaged front flyleaf and other small edge tears in the MS. The Qur'an could not be safely made available for loan in this condition
During: All tears were repaired with suitable fibre furnish and weight Japanese repair paper and wheat starch paste. No further repairs were required to safely loan the item

During: Profile was taken using a perspex screen on to melinex and sent to the perspex cradle makers Plowden and Smith. The cradle profile was intended only for the book at this and 2 leaves either side of this page opening. The angle of slope being no more than 25 degrees to prevent strain on the sewing.

After: Condition Report was completed using written and photo-documentation, a bespoke phase box was constructed with plastazoate linings to protect the gold decoration on the boards. The books was ready for loan.

BOE Database

Karen's qualification in Librarianship means she is skilled at building simple databases. In consultation with the IT Department of the V&A Museum she was part of a small team that formulated and created the Book On Exhibition (BOE) database. This FileMaker Pro database monitored book and archive materials on long term display. This included tracking data of hours of light exposure in lux and alerting conservation and curatorial staff to page turning or decant of individual items on display. The original proposed database is outlined in the document below.

Karen Vidler,
19 Jun 2016, 17:34