Guidance for exhibiting archive and library materials

The exhibition of archive and library materials has the potential to damage documents and can even lead to loss if security measures are inadequate. Custodians of holdings should be aware of the risks involved from exposure to inappropriate environmental conditions, unsafe support methods and inadequate security provision and strive to maximise the safety of items during periods of exhibition.

This document from the National Preservation Office, now the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre, is intended to give guidance in providing for the safe exhibition of archive and library materials. It is not exhaustive and not a standard. For further information see the attached bibliography.

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Date created: 2000

Author: John McIntyre, Toby Kirtley, Anne Barrett, Iwan Jones

Publisher: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre