By Emma Philip, Curator of Fine Art
At the end of September I visited the workshops at Tankerdale’s base in Hampshire to meet the rest of the team and see for myself the large bookcase undergoing conservation treatment. Here is Robin from Tankerdale, hard at work on the veneered cabinet doors (and of which more below).
The bespoke display plinth for the bookcase was also under construction. Each section has been individually tailor-made to support the back edge of the 8 vertical units. On dismantling the bookcase, we discovered that this had previously been done using an old pine plank!
At the front edge of the cabinets Tankerdale have added hidden pine supports and re-set the front feet, which were dangerously splayed under the weight of all the books. The new system should give better, more targeted support to help the cabinets sustain the weight of the books stored in it.