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Preservation and Conservation

Paper repair

Part of looking after archives is making sure that they continue to survive, and that any damage to them is made good.  We have specialist staff who spend their time attending to this intricate work.

Strictly speaking, conservation means repairing damage, while preservation is protecting things from risk of damage.

We undertake conservation through paper, parchment and seal repair, bookbinding, and some photographic work.

We preserve documents by packaging them for storage, constructing protective wrappings, removing materials such as staples and sellotape, and monitoring the environmental conditions in our strongrooms.


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