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  • Caring for your Resources

    The following pointers should help to preserve your resources in good condition.


    Paper documents
    • Ensure hands are clean and dry, use thin cotton gloves to protect documents from grease/dirt
    • Keep documents flat if possible, avoid folding
    • Avoid frequent handling
    • Make sure documents are clean before storing - remove staples, paper clips etc.
    • Store in acid free folders/boxes
    • Store in a clean/dry/dark/well ventilated environment, avoiding exposure to light and temperature/humidity fluctuations
    • Protect from damp, mould, pollution, insects
    • Check contents regularly for signs of damage.


    Books

    • Avoid exposure to heat / light / dampness / excessive dryness
    • Avoid dust which can lead to discolouration and encourage mould growth
    • Always open books carefully, supporting the book if necessary. Turn pages carefully.
    • Ideal storage environment: store in a cool, dry place, protect from direct light, avoid temperature/humidity fluctuations
    • Allow good air circulation
    • Store books neatly and upright – do not allow to lean sideways
    • Large books, e.g. bibles are best stored horizontally
    • When storing in boxes, use archive boxes made from acid free material.
    • Check regularly for signs of damage


    Photos
    • Avoid high temperatures - can cause fading/mirroring
    • Avoid exposure to light - can cause fading
    • Avoid dampness which can produce mould
    • Poor quality storage and framing can cause chemical damage, discolouration or tarnish
    • Keep handling to a minimum, ensuring hands are clean and dry. Handle photo by the edge or use support, e.g. card.
    • To protect from excessive handling of original, scan where possible.
    • Store in a cool environment, avoiding excessive damp/dry conditions
    • Avoid exposure to light. If photo is framed, use ultraviolet filtration which helps protect original.




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