Preserving paper documents and artworks

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.

Deterioration

Preservation and storage

Further advice

Contact the Agency Service Centre for advice on the storage and display of paper documents and artworks.

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