Are you responsible for a special collection of bound or flat paper items and looking for some advice about their long-term storage, handling and preservation?
Do you have a private collection of valuable books or maps and need to know how best to protect them for the future?
Do you have a certificate, map or plan that you would like repaired and copied. You can then display or hang the surrogate copy and we can provide a custom made archival enclosure to protect and preserve the original item?
Do you have a uniquely shaped or unusual item for which you need a protective enclosure so that you can store it or carry it?
We offer a full professional preservation consultancy service. The term "Preservation" covers all processes that are involved in extending the physical life of an item or the information contained in it. This includes best practices in care and handling, preventive conservation measures, storage and accommodation provisions, preservation policies, reformatting and conservation treatments.
We can give advice on all of the above aspects of preservation including condition assessments reports and conservation plans for single items or complete collections.
We can also construct custom made archival boxes and archival enclosures for books, single paper sheets, collections of sheet material and other items. Our archival boxes protect books, documents and other items from the damaging effects of high (and fluctuating) levels of humidity and temperature, light, dust and insects. A custom made archival box is a cost effective way of improving the preservation and longevity of a bound or flat paper item.
All our boxes are constructed from acid free materials and pH neutral adhesives and can be lined with Plastazote foam linings.
Preservation Services Examples
Constructed from 1.7mm acid free corrugated board
Constructed from acid free millboard and covered with Buckram cloth, it is lined with a black felt.
Constructed from archival “blue” board, the outside case is covered with black Buckram cloth, the inside trays are covered with acid free Heritage paper and lined with Plastazote foam, there are removable cut-outs to allow the volume to be easily removed.
This box was designed so that the object could be stored, protected and easily transported. It is constructed from acid free millboard covered in maroon Buckram and lined with black felt. The doors are closed with two briefcase catches on the front and can be locked, there is another catch set into a central shelf which holds the object in place and there is a carry handle attached to the top of the box.