Caring for photographic collections in museums

Photographic material comes in many different forms. It ranges from rare prints and glass negatives produced during the pioneer days of early photography, to photo albums, 35mm slides, and bundles of colour snaps. Photographs might form an historical archive, or a fine art collection, or be part of the museum’s own records of its collection.

This advice sheet from Museums Galleries Scotland 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.

Click the link on the right-hand side to view this resource as a PDF on the Museums Galleries Scotland website.

Date created: 2009

Author: Museums Galleries Scotland

Publisher: Museums Galleries Scotland