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The physical transformation of collections from arrival
at CAC to production in the reading room
- To preserve archive material for the use of future generations.
- To make archive material available for today's researcher to use safely.
The job of the Conservator at Churchill Archives Centre involves both conservation
Conservation involves the protection of archives by minimal physical and chemical
treatments designed to resist further deterioration.
Preservation is the passive protection of archives in which no physical or chemical
treatment is used.
treatments used on papers, photographs and books in the archives
can include the following:
- Surface dry cleaning to remove abrasive, oily and acidic dirt.
- Relaxation of creased/warped items and flattening.
- Washing out acids or impurities from paper and photographs to chemically
- De-acidification of acidic and brittle papers and the addition of alkaline
- Repairs to tears or weak areas using fine acid-free tissues/papers and reversible
- Removal of pressure-sensitive tapes, mounts etc which can cause damage over
- Stabilisation of mouldy material.
A Conservator preparing repair tissues.
activities include the following:
- Protective packaging of archives using high-quality acid-free materials.
Four-flap folders, custom-made boxes and clear polyester sleeves are used.
- Development of a Disaster Contingency Plan to prepare the Churchill Archives
Centre to cope in the event of an emergency which threatens the holdings.
- Monitoring and maintaining environmental control in our archive stores.
- Surveying collections to ascertain condition and determine preservation
or conservation needs.
- Preparation and mounting of original documents for exhibition.
- Training and advice for staff and readers in the correct handling and copying
Archival packaging and boxing.
Dealing with soaked papers in a disaster training exercise.
For further information, please contact Sarah