Book & Paper Group: The Annual 2022 Frederick Bearman Research Grant Lecture

Join the Annual 2022 Frederick Bearman Research Grant Lecture

New Perspectives on Old Material: Heavy Metals and 19th-Century Euro-American Bookcloth Manufacture by Dr. Melissa Tedone

The Icon Book and Paper Group are pleased to present the delayed lecture for the 2020 Winner of the Frederick Bearman Research Grant.

As all of you might have noticed, worldwide events in 2020 delayed many things, including the opportunities for research in the field of conservation.

Happily one of the 2020 winners of the grant was able to continue their research recently and is now able to present their findings in the annual FBRG lecture.

Dr. Melissa Tedone holds a dual appointment as Associate Conservator/Lab Head for Book and Library Materials Conservation at Winterthur Museum, Garden, and Library, and Affiliated Associate Professor in the Winterthur/University of Delaware Program in Art Conservation (WUDPAC). She earned her PhD in Slavic literary history from Yale University, and her MSIS/CAS in Library and Archives Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her lecture will focus on the aspects of the ongoing Poison Book Project at the Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library and the research that the FBRG enabled. The Poison Book Project began in 2019 and intends to investigate the use of hazardous arsenical compounds in the production of commercial bookcloth used in bookbinding in the 19th century.

For more details on the Poison Book Project you can read more here:

Please also join us after the lecture in our ongoing virtual pub The Rusty Staple HERE.