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Heritage Hub Collections Care training

Online Collections Care training

How to preserve your community or family archive

Advice on how to protect and look after your physical archive

 

Collections Care 3: protective enclosures: introduction

 

How do I care for my collection? Want to know where to start?

In Collections Care 1, we addressed the question: why care for the collection? Now it’s time to consider "how".

 

Think of your document, object or collection as sitting inside several outer layers: the "six levels of enclosure". These can provide protection, or they could be sources of harm. We need to think about each of these layers when preserving our collections. Each collection is unique and is kept in a particular location and environment. It will be different for everyone.

In Collections Care 4, we will introduce you to the 10 agents of deterioration. For now, it’s enough for you to know that there are multiple threats to your collection!

You will need to make a plan that meets your specific needs. You can download an Action Checklist from our website which will give you some things to consider. It covers Aims (2), Buildings, Storage, Housekeeping, Handling & Use, Environment, Conservation, Copies and Emergencies, and can be used as a framework to ensure your collection is well protected and cared for.

More information about protective enclosures can be found in Collections Care 8 and Collections Care 9.

Page updated: 17/11/2020 Page updated by: Ally McConnell

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