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Previous recipients

Since 2019, the Baba Shaam Singh Sevapanthi Scholarship has been supporting people with an interesting in studying courses or conducting research which broadly relates to the conservation of Sikh heritage.

Surjit Singh

Surjit Singh was the very first recipient of the scholarship. He began studying for an MA in Conservation at the National Museum Institute (New Delhi) in 2018, after developing an interest in the conservation of Sikh manuscripts and printed texts. The scholarship helped fund a study trip to the UK where Surjit Singh was able to complete the following courses and placements:

1. London Rare Book School:The Medieval Book (Dr Michelle Brown)

This course gave an overview of Medieval book traditions in the European context.

2. Victoria Stevens Conservation

Surjit spent time with Victoria Stevens learning about the preventive conservation of historic book collections at Winchester Cathedral. Surjit also learned about a number of fundamental paper conservation techniques including cleaning, humidification and different aspects of adhesive preparation.

3. Codex Conservation

Codex Conservation is a private studio managed by Ann-Marie Miller. Here, Surjit learnt about the processes involved in re-sewing a case-bound book and also produced a model of a robust case-binding. 

4. Oxford Conservation Consortium (OCC)

The OCC has a team of conservators with a diverse variety of expertise. Surjit learnt about many aspects of book repair with a particular focus on the history of bookbinding. At historic Oxford collections such as Trinity College and Merton College, Surjit was given the opportunity to study historic book structures dating from the medieval to the modern period. Surjit also honed his paper conservation techniques on college documents under the supervision of OCC conservators. 

Cecilia Duminuco

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Jaswinder Kaur 

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