The domestic team have now moved into the Ante-Library, and are working their way through the cleaning of the furniture and books. The outside surface of the book is very gently dusted with a white duster, and then the edges of the pages themselves dusted with a fine brush to dislodge any dust that might be trapped there. We used to always wear white gloves when handling books, but the current expert thinking is that the use of gloves prevents the user from handling the books carefully enough, so for now, the gloves are definitely off!

Christine Robinson

Head housekeeper and visitor services manager

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