Information Services

Interventive Conservation

Treatments are carried out to address the physical and chemical effects of damage to the collection.

Treatments can include:

  • Surface cleaning

    • We surface clean our collections to remove accumulated dirt that can be harmful to collection items
  • Tear repair and infill of losses
    • Tears and losses are repaired using Japanese papers and reversible adhesives such as wheat starch paste and gelatine, to prevent further damage occurring
  • Humidification and flattening
    • Documents with severe creasing and warping are humidified in a chamber and pressed to increase the legibility and accessibility of the items
  • Washing
    • Paper items are washed to reduce discolouration and improve the flexibility of the sheet
an old manuscript being cleaned
Surface cleaning a manuscript