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

Lotus Sutra Project: Storage Solutions

Monday, December 7, 2020

Paulina Kralka and Marya Muzart The Lotu...

Lotus Sutra Project: Scroll with Blue Cover

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Marya Muzart, Digitisation Conservator, International Dunhuang Project Picture 1: Close up of digitised scroll after treatment. The Lotus Sutra Manuscripts Digitisation Project at The British Library, is a multi-year project aiming to conserve and digitise almost 800 copies of the...

On light: conserving material for our exhibition Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Alexa McNaught-Reynolds, Conservation Exhibition and Loan Manager Two of the items selected for display in our exhibition: Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women’s Rights appear to be in good condition but have vulnerabilities that may not be immediately obvious. In...

Learning to Communicate: Before and After Lockdown

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Samantha Cawson, Digitisation Conservator The conservation profession takes skills sharing seriously and so the need to open up channels of communication is essential. This is especially true of The British Library’s Centre for Conservation (BLCC), which has collaborated with institutions...

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