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Conservation, educational groups, talks and tours

Conservation and preservation

Teesside Archives employs an accredited conservator who is responsible for looking after the documents in our care.

The role 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 preservation of the collections, which involves:

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

When collections are selected for digitising, the conservator cleans, repairs and generally prepares the items to make sure they won't be damaged during the process and that the best copy is made.

Some private conservation work such as paper and book repair may be undertaken for a fee. Advice on storage can also be given. The supply of appropriate packaging materials can be arranged including producing bespoke protective sleeves and boxes.

Please contact us for further information or to arrange a quote; contact details are available at the bottom of the page.


Educational groups

Teesside Archives has a dedicated learning and access officer who can run sessions for school groups or supply resources that can be used by teaching staff.

Current sessions available for school groups include:

  • Victorian Era
  • World War II: Home Front

We are continuing to develop other sessions on a range of topics including history, geography and creative writing. Please contact us to find out more about what we can offer.

Talks and tours

We can provide tours of the facilities at Teesside Archives for local groups or organisations with an interest in how the service works. Tours include special behind the scenes access to the strong rooms where the documents are stored and a short session with our conservator. A tour costs £3 per head for up to 15 people.

A member of staff from Teesside Archives can give a talk to your organisation on the service, how it works, and records relevant to your interest, for a fee of £30.

Read our group visits policy and charges document for more information.

For more details about any of these services, please contact us:


Phone: 01642 248321