This leaflet discusses the importance of record preservation and who is responsible for preservation. It offers advice about how users can help the preservation of records by handling collections with care and observing the security regulations in place to protect them.
Much of the damage that library and archive collections sustain is caused by poor handling. A culture of good handling will significantly reduce the need for costly conservation work and ensure continued access to collections. This booklet provides guidance on handling books, documents and other library and archive materials.
This leaflet gives guidance on best practice for conducting the move of a library or archive collection. It describes areas of the move where the collection may be at risk, and suggests how the risks may be minimised by good planning. Outlines for the specification of handling and packing criteria for contractors are provided.
Many artefacts appear to be more solid and robust than they are. A great deal of damage can be caused by inappropriate handling and moving. Museum objects can also be damaged by insufficient or inappropriate packing materials. This fact sheet offers guidance on the handling and packing of artefacts.