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Conservation Products

The preservation of material is one of the primary focuses of the Archive. Many of the processes and material used in the creation of paper and photographs contain a certain amount of acid. Over time this can lead to the degredation of those items. By storing them in Archival Quality Material, and in the correct environmental conditions, we slow and reduce the affect of this degredation. Some examples are listed below.

Many of these products are available to buy via the online Woodhorn Shop. Click here to view all the products available.

Archive Boxes

archive_box_142Boxes: The easiest way to preserve the environent in which archives are stored is to box them. This limits the exposure to harmful light, temperature and humidity fluctuations. Its important to use specific archive boxes, made using a process which eliminates acid and fastened with brass staples to eliminate the possibilty of rust damage.
Dimensions: Wx28cm Hx17cm Dx42cm
Pease note this product is not available via the e-shop, contact 01670 624455 or e-mail collections@woodhorn.org.uk

 Archive Tape

volume_tape_and_tag_2_142This tape is unbleached and acid free, so contains none ofacid_free_card_and_tape_142 the chemicals which can damage paper. It is is also flat, reducing the chance of it tearing into paper.

Brass Paper Clips

brass_paper_clip_damage_1_142brass_paper_clip_damage_2_142Standard paperclips are often made of steel and over time will rust, this rust will mark and damage paper records. Brass does not degrade in the same way.

Acid Free Envelopes

acid_free_envelopes_142Adhesives used in envelopes can also degarde over time and have a high acid content which can damage records. These acid free alternatives are far better for long term storage

Secol

photograph_half_secol_142Many commercialy available plastic wallets contain chemicals thatphotograph_in_secol_142 can react with and damage paper and photographs. Secol is inert and therefore can safely store items, with the added bonus of being transparent, allowing the item to be viewed without unnecesary handling.

Foxing

foxing_on_photograph_142Acid, inherent in the manufacturing process, combined with moisture in the air will lead to the degredation of photographs. This can be seen in these brown spots, sometimes called ‘foxing’. By storing materials in the correct packaging, and in a stable and appropriate environment, this damage can be slowed and reduced.