The British Library’s new conservation centre: a building as a catalyst for change

In 2007, the British Library opened a new conservation centre connected to the main library building by a public terrace. Helen Shenton looks back at the origin and progress of the project, attributing the new centre’s success to its dedication to conservation, training, applied research, and public access (in the form of a free permanent exhibition and education suite) as well as its combination of the finest traditional expertise with new techniques in restoration and administration.