Preservation guides

Conservation and handling guidelines booklet.

Take a look at our free PDF guides on a range of conservation issues. These PDFs provide guidance on topics such as basic preservation techniques and environmental management. They also cover caring for books, photographs and bookbindings.

The PDF preservation guides listed below are for personal and academic use only. They are not for commercial use.

Please be advised that these guides are under review and some of the links in the current versions may no longer be up to date.

PDF guides

Blog posts

Textiles in Ethiopian Manuscripts at the British Library

Friday, December 17, 2021

Eyob Derillo, Curator Ethiopic and Ethiopian Collections. Little is known about the secrets that Ethiopian Christian manuscripts retain inside their covers. In addition to the texts that cover the full range of topics, from religion to magic, or from poetry...

Conservation of the Granville Archive papers

Friday, December 10, 2021

Veronica Zoppi, Conservator General description: The Granville Archive, recently acquired by the British Library, includes a vast collection of letters and papers relating to British national life in the 18th and 19th centuries. These papers had been unknown to researchers...

Important information for email subscribers

Friday, August 13, 2021

Unfortunately, the third-party platform that the British Library uses for email notifications for our blogs is making changes to its infrastructure. This means that from mid-August 2021 it will no longer send notifications by email to subscribers. To find out...

Conservation of Thurloe’s State Papers

Monday, July 19, 2021

You may have seen a recent conversation sparked by one of our ‘Before and After’ conservation posts on the Library’s main social media channels. This may have got you wondering how conservators decide on the best treatment methods for collection...

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