Books and Manuscripts
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Books and Manuscripts

Churches may own collections of historic books including old Bibles and prayer books, as well as more general works forming part of a parish library.

Historic documents in churches can range from registers of baptism, marriage and burial to legal, administrative, handwritten or printed records. As documents of the parish's life, they can be of immense value for present and future historians and need to be cared for in an appropriate way.

This section will help you identify the signs of damage to historic books and manuscripts and understand the causes of damage.

You will also find practical maintenance tips and guidance on how to address the conservation needs of historic objects. However, the first step is to decide whether the books and documents should be cared for in the church, or deposited elsewhere for safe keeping.