Preservation of photographic material

Photographs are housed in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Whilst photographic conservation is a relatively new specialism and treatment options are often limited, it is usually possible to prolong the life of a photograph through good preservation practices in handling, housekeeping and storage.

This booklet from the British Library Preservation Advisory Centre describes the most common historical photographic processes, outlines the causes of deterioration and provides guidelines on good preservation practice. It is aimed at people working or volunteering in libraries, archives and museums whose responsibilities include photographic collections. Whilst the booklet focuses on monochrome photographs, much of the information is applicable to colour photographs and other imaging materials such as microfilm, x-rays and motion picture film.

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Date created: 2009

Author: Susie Clark

Publisher: British Library Preservation Advisory Centre