How to preserve your family or community archive: the Collection Care Covid-19 lockdown blogs. Blog CC #7

  • Worried about the cost of preserving your collection?
  • Want some tips on getting help?

Have you:

  • done a Caring for Collections Action Checklist? (see Blogs CC #3 & CC #6)
  • prioritised tasks? (see Blog CC #6)
  • found out about archival quality materials and suppliers? (see Blog CC #5)

If so, you have all the information you need to look into costs more closely. It may be that you find there are cheaper alternatives to what you first thought necessary. Also, it doesn’t have to be done all at once – baby steps are fine! Continue reading

How to preserve your family or community archive: the Collection Care Covid-19 lockdown blogs. Blog CC #6

  • Completed a Caring for Collections Action Checklist (see blog CC #3)?
  • Got a ‘to do’ list as long as your arm?
  • Don’t know where to start?

 Don’t worry.  Here are some ways you could approach it – choose one that works for you, or use a combination: Continue reading

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

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