We recently discovered a little gem in our collection – a probate document that had been torn into several pieces and then hand-stitched back together with great care and skill.
The U-Splint book support (Splint) is a simple alternative being trialled at State Records to help minimize further damage and support the book structure without the need for costly treatment.
Before going into any detail about the salvage and handling of wet records the importance of relevant training cannot be stressed enough.
Removing mould can be difficult, dirty and time consuming. Mould remediation should not be undertaken lightly – especially where large quantities of records are affected.
Glass plate negatives are extremely fragile and need to be handled very carefully. The glass is old and brittle and plates may have been cracked or broken and will sustain further damage if not treated with care.
If you find yourself bleeding all over your precious documents or family heirlooms, do not despair, speedy action will probably result in little or no permanent damage occurring.
If you have large documents like plans, maps and posters the best way to store them is …..
This is the first of a planned series of posts providing handy conservation tips.