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Conservation treasures and horrors

November 19, 202112:15 pmNovember 19, 2021 12:56 pmLeave a Comment

We have a wide variety of bound volumes in collections here at Shropshire Archives in very different physical conditions. Our conservator, Seren Fisher, writes: “Recently I viewed two different books in Conservation, one was 500 years old and in a very good condition, and the other was 100 years old and incredibly fragile. Although their […]

Preserving documents and books

July 17, 20205:43 pmOctober 13, 2020 9:18 amLeave a Comment

Following on from her blogs on preserving your photos, Seren, gives some tips for preserving your documents, books and artwork. She writes… Preservation can be described as providing layers of protection around cherished items, and the layers can be defined as: 1st layer – Folder/sleeve/envelope  2nd layer – Box     3rd layer –  Strong room (cupboard, […]

Storing your photos

June 2, 20204:22 pmJune 4, 2020 4:46 pmLeave a Comment

Following on from her advice on handling photos safely, our conservator, Seren Fisher, gives tips on storing your photographs properly…. Potential damage by poor storage Irreversible damage is caused to your prints, negatives and slides by storing or displaying them in inappropriate materials, and exposing them to heat, light and humidity. Typical forms of damage […]

Wenlock Borough Minute Book

Wenlock Borough Council Minute Book

February 9, 201712:49 pmSeptember 14, 2017 10:54 amLeave a Comment

In 1495 the Burgesses of Wenlock Borough bought a book to record their minutes. This may at first sight seem a minor event. However, the minute book is made of paper, which was still a remarkably new and scarce material, for it was only during 1495 that the first paper was produced in England. Examination […]