This advice is for preserving items such as:
- letters and certificates
- newspaper and magazine clippings
- prints and posters
- drawings, watercolours and paintings
Paper-based materials are prone to chemical and physical deterioration.
Deterioration is caused by poor storage and display conditions.
Poor handling practices damage records.
Ink, watercolour and pencil on paper-based objects can also degrade.
While we can't stop deterioration, we can influence the rate at which it happens.