Ligatus projects

Manuscript condition assessment

Ligatus has undertaken a condition survey of the manuscript collection at St. Catherine's, one of the most detailed surveys ever undertaken on such material. The project resulted in the St. Catherine's manuscript database.

Printed books assessment

Ligatus surveyed about 1000 early printed books from the Monastery's collection, using a novel survey methodology based on a dynamic digital survey form. To download the Ligatus bookbinding schema and forms visit: Survey schemas.

Cell 31A

Description of the work undertaken in Cell31A for detaching Arabic manuscript leaves by Jane McAusland, Maria Kalligerou and Nicholas Pickwoad.

Boxing programme

Information about the plans for boxing part of the collection using custom made metal boxes and arranging them in an optimum spatial arrangement.

Slide digitization


During the condition assessment of a manuscript, a number of photographs are taken to record key elements of the binding structure. These include the inside and outside of the boards, the spine and foredge and the head and tail of the book. In certain cases of unusual or complex elements, detail photographs are also taken.

Building renovation

Ligatus is offering expertise in the development of the plans for the renovation of the library building at the Monastery.

Library packing

Information about the library packing