THE CAMBRIDGE COLLEGES’ CONSERVATION CONSORTIUM
The Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium (CCCC) is a not-for-profit collaborative body that undertakes conservation and preservation work for Cambridge College libraries and archives. Based at Corpus Christi College, the Conservation team provides specialist conservation care on a wide variety of materials to ensure the continued accessibility of the rich collections of the various Colleges. The staff within the conservation department also assist with training, outreach, exhibitions and a whole host of other preservation activities to support the librarians and archivists of the member institutions.
The CCCC was founded in 1987 with the aim of developing and sharing expertise in the conservation of rare books and manuscripts in Cambridge Colleges’ libraries. Today, these objectives are complimented and pursued through the application of specialist treatments to conserve the archives, manuscripts, incunables, early printed books and parchment materials held by the member colleges.
The CCCC is comprised of twelve member colleges: Christ’s, Clare, Corpus Christi, Downing, Emmanuel, Gonville and Caius, King’s, Pembroke, Queens’, Sidney Sussex, St John’s and Trinity Hall.
Through the continuing collaboration and support of the colleges within the Consortium, Bridget Warrington (Managing Conservator), Françoise Richard (Book and Manuscript Conservator) and Claude Grewal-Sultze (Conservator) are able to carry out the essential work required to keep these valuable collections preserved and accessible.
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