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Conservation services

Conservation work plays a vital role in preserving Shropshire’s irreplaceable and unique written heritage.

The conservator’s job is to conserve materials with as little restoration or renovation as possible. Ensuring items are stored properly in our high quality facilities does a lot to help save them from deterioration.

Our conservation work emphasises the prevention of further damage, and ranges from working with documents that would literally fall apart if touched to others which just require special cleaning.

Over the years the team has treated literally hundreds of collections and thousands of documents, including manuscripts, drawings, photographs, maps, plans, prints and seals.

Our conservation team also works with a number of volunteers, as well as short-term contracted staff on special projects. This work can range from cleaning deeds in the Salt Solicitors’ Collection to scanning glass negatives.

We also ensure frequently used documents, including parish registers are copied onto microfiche or microfilm to prevent further damage to what are often fragile originals.

Preserving your records

Please read our guides on looking after your own records:

The conservator is happy to offer further advice on the storage and conservation of material, grant-giving trusts funding conservation work, and the suppliers of conservation materials. A consultancy fee may be charged.

We also sell conservation materials such as boxes, archive-quality paper and wrapping materials in our shop.  Please check our price list. Items need to be collected during our opening hours and it is worth ordering in advance (by email) to make sure we have products in stock.

If you are interested in depositing your records here so that they will be preserved for future generations, then read our guidance for potential depositors.