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September 29, 2019

In November 2017, I had the pleasure of attending a course on Stone lithography (ਪੱਥਰ ਛਾਪ) at Citylit College, taught by professional lithography artist Simon Burder (see @StoneLithoSimon on twitter) This course was funded by an ICON Professional Development Bursary as...

April 5, 2019

Flexibility is an important concept in book conservation (ਪੋਥੀ ਸੰਭਾਲ ਵਿੱਦਯਾ). The conservator must be prepared to adjust methods and materials to suit each project. This blog post will detail an example of how one volunteer used a sewing method associated more with med...

March 25, 2019

Through the kind support of the Anna Plowden Trust, in April 2018, I was able to attend the 17th Care and Conservation of Manuscripts Conservation held at the University of Copenhagen. This conference has earned a reputation as one of the most globally important gather...

February 15, 2019

Biographical Context

Sant Baba Shaam Singh Ji Sevapanthi was a great Sikh Saint who lived for 123 years from the early 19th Century, through to the 20th century. Born in 1803 in Shahpur, North-West Panjab (now in Pakistan), they spent their childhood learning under the...

April 16, 2018

In November 2017, I had the pleasure of attending a course on Stone lithography at Citylit College, taught by professional lithography artist Simon Burder. This course was funded by an ICON Book and Paper Group Bursary as part of a wider project on Gurmukhi lithographi...

Panjab has a rich history of arts and crafts particularly in the production of fabrics. The weaving of “dhurries” in particular has a strong association with the Panjab region. Dhurries are woven rugs made of thick vegetable fibres amongst which cotton is the most comm...

December 11, 2016

Printed in 1908 using a Caxton hand press in Lahore, this Bhagat Bani Pothi was repaired and restored with meticulous care by one sevadar (volunteer) over the course of many months. The hard metal typeface produced an extremely bold print which was extremely well impre...

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