Building a preservation policy

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A preservation policy is an essential component of a collections management framework, regardless of the size of the collection or organisation. This booklet provides a framework for setting out an organisation’s approach to achieving the sustainable use of its collections through a preservation policy.

Caring for your ceramics

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This resource contains information and advice on how to look after ceramics. It highlights common problems, tells you what to avoid and provides practical, step-by-step instructions on how to clean and care for ceramic objects.

Military wall art: Guidelines on its significance, conservation and management

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The management needs of military wall art are often very specific and will be influenced by various factors, including the nature of the site and the extent and condition of the decoration. These guidelines are intended to address these issues, covering the evaluation of significance, and the determination of conservation and management needs.

Part of: Conserving

Preservation of records: Preservation policy

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In this leaflet, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland outlines common standards for the preservation of records and discuss their preservation policy which covers the acquisition and selection of records, record storage, the public display of records in exhibitions, and conservation.

Caring for paper collections in museums

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Paper appears in museums and galleries in many ways, perhaps in the form of an ancient manuscript or a delicate watercolour painting. This resource outlines guidance on caring for paper collections in museums.

Part of: Conserving

Caring for textile collections in museums

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This fact sheet explains what causes damage to textiles, how to recognise where damage has taken place, and how to prevent damage occurring. This fact sheet explains how – even when all the odds seem to be against you.

Part of: Conserving

Caring for photographic collections in museums

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This advice sheet aims to give a basic introduction to the care and preservation of photographic collections held in museums. It discusses the need to provide the correct environmental conditions and protective storage enclosures and to ensure safe handling and display.

Preservation of photographic material

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This booklet 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.

Understanding and caring for bookbindings

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Decisions on the care and repair of bindings can be complex and involve many considerations – use, function, rarity and structural issues. This guide outlines some of these and suggests sources for further research.

Part of: Conserving

Working with independent conservators

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This publication outlines guidance for best practice in working with independent conservators. These guidelines are designed to help museums and other organisations to appoint, brief and work with independent conservators.

Part of: Conserving

Practical collections care: a syllabus

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This syllabus provides a framework for designing a practical course in the care of museum collections. It describes the activities which form the basis of curatorial knowledge and expertise in collections care and encourages a pragmatic approach. It can be used by anyone designing collections care courses for entry level learners.