How to preserve your family or community archive: the Covid-19 lockdown blogs. Blog CM #1

  • Do you know who the people are in your old family photos?
  • Want to avoid loss of meaning in your collection?
  • Want to preserve important contextual information?

In blog #CC4 we identified “disassociation” as one of the 10 “agents of deterioration” which pose a threat to your archive. Continue reading

How to preserve your family or community archive: the Collection Care Covid-19 lockdown blogs. Blog CC #5

  • Want to know what we mean by protective enclosures?
  • Want to know what we mean by archival quality materials?
  • Want to know where to find them?

A protective enclosure is the innermost layer of protection surrounding an item (see the 6 layers of protection diagram in blog #3).  When well made, of stable archival materials, and designed to properly fit the item, a protective enclosure helps to protect against many of the “agents of deterioration” (see blog #4). Continue reading

A CATTER-LOG-ER-AT-HOME

As one of a group of volunteers, I’m missing our Monday get togethers and am really looking forward to when we can all get back together. But have we been allowed to be idle? OH NO!

That slave driver cum school ma, (so called volunteer coordinator) has continued to organise us! (Can’t she give us a break?). A long respite from ‘you’ve not used the right Archives format’; ’that shouldn’t be a capital letter’; ‘ there shouldn’t be a gap in the item reference’ etc etc ad infinitum… And what has she made us do? Continue reading

How to preserve your family or community archive: the Collection Care Covid-19 lockdown blogs. Blog CC #4

  • Want to know how to prevent damage to your collection?
  • Want to know what to look out for?

 First – know your enemy!  Then Avoid, Block, Detect, Respond, Treat.

As we know from Coronavirus, our enemies are not always easy to see! But the fantastic people at the Canadian Conservation Institute have done a major piece of work helping us to understand what they might be.  They have come up with a list of 10 “agents of deterioration” that threaten heritage objects.  Taking time to think systematically about the risks these agents pose allows us to determine how best to minimise damage. Continue reading

Unlocking Lockdown: how to support people with memory loss and dementia

Three weeks into ‘Lockdown’ and I’ve been thinking about how this experience might be affecting people living with dementia who are still at home, and the people who are sharing their house or flat with them. Dementia affects everyone differently, but there are some things which are likely to be especially challenging for people in this situation. I’ve tried to acknowledge this and to think of ideas which might help. Continue reading

How to preserve your family or community archive: the Collection Care Covid-19 lockdown blogs. Blog CC #2

  • Do you have a personal, organisational, local or subject related collection or archive?
  • Want to know how to look after it well?

The first thing to do is think about why you want to preserve your collection.  It may be obvious to you, but it is good to write it down so that you are clear about what you are doing – see it as a personal mission statement if you like!

If you are looking after a collection for a group or organisation or perhaps other members of your family, it is important to leave information for them, so that people know what you have saved and why. Continue reading