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Since 2010 we have been working on a large scale project involving the archives of Wijk bij Duurstede, a small city in the centre of the Netherlands. The underground archive was flooded in 2002 and suffered extensive water damage. The archive material was then directly freeze dried for temporary safe keeping until the green light was given in 2010 to restore the archive. The aim is to make the archive available again for use in the reading room. The archive consists of loose leaf archive material, linen, leather and parchment bindings. The damage sustained in the flood includes pages stuck together, dried out leather book coverings, shrunken linen book coverings, bent covers, deformed book blocks and torn inner hinges.


The mayor’s agenda

Currently we are working on the mayor’s agendas.

Each year the agenda points were bound into thick books with leather or

linen spine covers. From the outside they all look identical but on the inside the

creativity of the numerous nineteenth century bookbinders is clearly visible.

Although these ‘simple’ bindings are not seen as historically important in

themselves, much is revealed on the methods of early nineteenth century

bookbinders working in and around Wijk bij Duurstede.