Conservation Services & Past Projects

All conservation work is carried out as far as possible conforming to the British Standard BS 4971:2017 Conservation and care of archive and library collections. It is important to maintain the integrity of the original object and adopt the principle of minimum intervention when carrying out conservation work.

All materials used will be compatible with the object and reversible as far as possible. All work is documented and a full treatment report is provided.

Other services include:

Collection condition surveys 
Condition reports for exhibition 
Advice on storage, care of collections,  and exhibitions

Paper Conservation

Detached pages in a large bible which had become torn, crumpled and dirty over time. The paper was surface cleaned, then washed to remove soluble dirt. The pages were repaired using wheat starch paste and Japanese paper infills, before being re-attached  to the textblock. The volume was then rebacked attaching a new leather spine and relaying the original spine back on top.

Paper Conservation : Portfolio Example

Badly damaged pages, before and after.

Wax Seal Conservation

A large King James II wax seal that had broken into fragments. The seal was surface cleaned with a soft brush followed by de-ionised water using cotton buds. The fragments were re-attached using a wax / turpentine mix. The losses were infilled with unbleached wax coloured with earth pigments to provide structural stability.

Wax Seal Conservation : Portfolio Examples

Bespoke Box Making

Attractive individual boxes created to house the object safely and also suitable for display. Individual book mounts made from museum mountboard which offer complete support to the spine and boards of the binding  during an exhibition

Bespoke Box & Mounts : Portfolio Example

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