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Conservation at Teesside Archives

We employ an accredited conservator who is responsible for looking after the documents in our care.

This involves the conservation of books, maps and plans, parchment, and photographic collections. It also includes carrying out practical repairs so documents can be safely handled.

The conservator is also responsible for preserving the collections, which involves:

  • carrying out surveys on the condition of individual collections
  • packaging
  • giving advice and training on storage protection and the handling of documents
  • monitoring the storage environment and the disaster control plan

When collections are chosen to be digitised, the conservator cleans, repairs, and generally prepares the items to make sure they will not be damaged during the process, and that the best copy is made.

The conservator may be able to carry out some private conservation work, like paper and book repair, for a fee. They can also give advice on storage, and arrange for the supply of appropriate packaging materials, including bespoke protective sleeves and boxes.

For more information or to ask for a quote, email teesside_archives@middlesbrough.gov.uk or call 01642 248321.