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Essential preservation

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Thursday 18 April 2013


British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
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Preservation is a means of ensuring that collections can be used for the long-term. This training day focuses on the preservation of library and archive collections, with an emphasis on traditional, paper-based collections. The day introduces common terminology and standards, highlights risks to collections, and describes simple steps for minimising those risks. It is targeted at those who are new to the preservation of library and archive collections, and includes group exercises and discussion sessions to address individual needs. By the end of the day, participants will be able to:

  • define what is meant by preservation
  • identify the main threats to library and archive collections
  • identify factors to consider when storing and handling items
  • find other sources of information to support their preservation work.

The day is led by Ruth Honeybone, Manager, Lothian Health Services Archive and Caroline Peach, Head, Preservation Advisory Centre.


10.15 Registration
10.25 Welcome and introductions
10.30 Preservation overview
What is preservation?
Current standards and guidelines
11.00 Handling and use
Exploring different types of handling and use
Key risks and how to minimise them
11.45 Storage of physical collections
13.00 Lunch
13.45 Policies and planning
14.15 Risk assessment
Emergency control planning
15.00 Break
15.15 Communicating preservation
Simple steps
Sources of support
16.00 Discussion and questions
16.15 End