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Chemistry for Conservators course announcement

The Johns Hopkins University Preservation Department and the Potomac
Chapter, Guild of Bookworkers are pleased to sponsor the week-long chemistry
course, Chemistry for Conservators, taught by David Dorning of West Dean
College. The daytime course will be offered the week of July 24-28, 2000 on
the Johns Hopkins University Homewood Campus in Baltimore, Maryland. This
course, offered every other year at West Dean College, is based on the
requirements of the Society of Archivistsí training scheme in the UK.

The following topics will be covered in this course that includes both
lecture and laboratory exercises. The course is geared toward the practicing
conservator who has not had specific training in chemistry.

Day 1: The molecular view of materials; Basic chemistry. Day 2: Polymers,
adhesives and consolidants; Cleaning and organic solvents. Day 3:
Degradation of Materials; Catalysts, enzymes and rates of reaction; Energy,
light and environment. Day 4: Molarity, acids and bases; Deacidification of
paper. Day 5: Skin materials and tannins; Materials testing.

David Dorning has served as Science Tutor to Conservation and Restoration
courses, co-ordinator of Conservation Studies, and, Acting Head of Book
Conservation at West Dean College. He also serves as assessor for the
Society of Archivistsí Conservatorsí Training Scheme.

The cost for tuition, lab fees and course materials is $500.00. The course
is limited to 12 participants and will be filled in the order deposit checks
are received. A deposit of $250.00 must be received by April 12, 2000 in
order to reserve a spot. Deposits will not be refunded unless another
participant is found to fill the canceled spot. If fewer than 10
participants register by April 1, the course will be cancelled and deposits
returned. Confirmation will be sent to those admitted to the course. Final
payment will be due June 1, 2000. Send checks made payable to Johns Hopkins
University along with name, address, telephone number, email address, and a
very brief description of your backround in conservation to Martha Jackson,
Preservation Department; MSE Library; Johns Hopkins University; 3400 North
Charles Street; Baltimore, MD 21218.

Housing in campus dorms may be available. Commercial lodging is available
within walking distance of the campus. Information about and help with
lodging will be provided upon request.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or further detail:
Nancy Lev-Alexander, 410-366-7244, guilfordbindery@hotmail.com
Martha Jackson, 410-516-4677, Martha.Jackson@jhu.edu

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