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State Library to create state-of-the-art conservation lab with $4 million donation

Wednesday 8 August 2018

The State Library of New South Wales today announced a major donation of $4 million by Mr Len Ainsworth AM and Mrs Gretel Ainsworth through the State Library Foundation for a new world-class conservation laboratory at the Library. The gift was announced by President of the Library Council of NSW the Hon George Souris AM and the State Librarian Dr John Vallance.

Dr Vallance said that “the State Library of NSW is the home of a vast collection of priceless treasures illuminating our history and our place in the world. Protecting and conserving these treasures so they can be made accessible today and into the future requires dedicated and highly specialised work on the part of expert conservators.”

“This extraordinarily generous two-part donation by the Ainsworths will fully fund the construction of a world-class conservation laboratory on Macquarie Street, with state-of-the-art facilities."

"The Ainsworth Family Conservation Laboratory will place the State Library at the front line of research and best practice internationally in the conservation of original materials,” said Dr Vallance.

Dr Vallance went on to say that “this gift could not come at a better time for the Library, as it embarks on a major project to put some of its rarest collections on permanent public display.”

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For more information, please contact:
State Librarian’s Office, State Library of NSW (02) 9273 1663