- Do you have a personal, organisational, local or subject related archive?
- Have you been following our training blogs?
Since April 2020, we’ve posted over 20 blogs to help you care for, manage and develop your collection. We hope you’ve found them helpful. Here’s a quick re-cap of what we’ve covered:
- Thinking about making copies of items/collections?
- Keen to save time and avoid damaging originals?
- Want to know how best to prepare?
Making copies of fragile or popular items reduces handling and the risk of physical damage, the number one cause of deterioration in archives (see blog CC#4 on causes of damage to archives.)
It’s good to keep an eye on how often items are used so you can see which ones are most at risk of damage. Keeping a note with your catalogue or list is a great way to do it – even a simple ‘five bar gate’ tally will do.
- Want to avoid damaging items?
- Want to find out how to take a book off the shelf correctly?
- Keen to handle and display things carefully?
Then read on for our top ten handling tips.
- Want to be prepared in case things go wrong?
- Like to be able to sort out problems fast?
“I have never been in an accident of any sort and have never been wrecked, nor was I ever in any predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort” E J Smith (SS Titanic)
It can happen to anyone! The best thing we can do is be prepared just in case!
- Want to avoid uninvited guests eating your collection!?
- Keen to make sure the surrounding environment is safe for archives?
Let me introduce you to our silverfish, a Grey Silverfish (ctenolepisma longicaudata). They are fairly new to the UK, and this is the first one we have found. We will be keeping the traps out and our eyes peeled just in case he has brought friends and relatives! They are more tolerant of dry conditions than regular silverfish.