Books and manuscripts

Your church may own collections of historic books including old Bibles and prayer books, as well as more general works forming part of a parish (parochial) library.

We can help you identify the signs of damage to historic books and manuscripts and understand the causes of damage. 

The first step is to decide whether your books and documents should be cared for in the church, or deposited elsewhere for safekeeping. You will also find practical maintenance tips and guidance on how to look after your documents and books.

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