Bodleian Library – Delegates Room

This is a restoration project to remove dirt and old varnish, from the Victorian time, to return the room back to its original condition. The entire room was stripped back to original wood and then french polish was applied, followed by coats of bees wax to protect it. Built by Hawksmore in the 18th century and originally used as a printing room. Later the room was used as the voting room for which books would be published. This was the third team of craftsman to work on this room since first built and transformed from a dark and lifeless room into a bright and useable room, it has fallen into rare use and is now regularly used for meetings.

The images below show the completed views of each end of the room and the smaller images show snapshots in time over a 43 day period of work.