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kirsty

Old documents

Not sure if this is the right place so mods feel free to move.
Wondering if anyone has experience of preserving old documents? I've found a map of London transport from the 1948 London Olympics, folded numerous times at the bottom of an old tin box from my dad. I've opened it out but it's splitting down all the folds.
Other than Sellotape down every single crease I can't think of a way to stop it disintegrating.
Also, I know this is in reuse and recycle but don't worry, I'm not expecting it to be of any use this summer! My Dad kept so few things I know that if he was hanging on to this it must have been important to him and so is therefore important to me.
Midland Spinner

Try a picture framer - they will probably know conservators who can stabilise the map - then frame it.

DON'T use sellotape (or any of its cousins) Please!
sean

Seems OK as a place for it to me. Sally-in Wales knows about this sort of stuff but I think she's away for the weekend so it may be a while before she sees this post.

Edit: Cross-posted with Midland Spinner. Sorry.
kirsty

Thanks, a picture framers sounds good. I really want to do as little damage to it as possible so agree that Sellotape would almost be as bad as letting it moulder away.
Midland Spinner

Very Happy

The things our families leave are precious even when they 'aren't worth anything' to anyone else.
Went

Thanks, a picture framers sounds good. I really want to do as little damage to it as possible so agree that Sellotape would almost be as bad as letting it moulder away.


I have this which is older and in a similar condition- it is now sandwiched between to sheets of glass and framed and kept out of direct sunlight - seems to be holding steady and no further deterioration.

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Bebo

Must do something similar with my dads indentured apprentice contract from 1943.
Midland Spinner

Edit: Cross-posted with Midland Spinner. Sorry.


That's OK Very Happy
Cathryn

There is special fabric/linen based tape that is used for this type of work. Sellotape doesn't last and it yellows and marks the paper.

Have a look on this site for something like this?

http://www.preservationequipment.com/Store/Products/Archival-Storage/Labels-$4-Tapes/Document-Repair-Tape
Lorrainelovesplants

Conservators use acid free paper and boxes to store paperwork etc in.
There is a special thing you can use to strengthen paper (used in folds and edges, but cant remember what it is called.
You could ask at your local museum.
tahir

Kirsty can you get it scanned as well (or a photo), be nice to see it Bugs

You could try your county records office (at the library service) or even one in that London. They will probably be interested and even if they can't advise they may be able to suggest someone who can? kirsty

Just ordered some of the tape suggested by Cathryn and have a friend with a spare clip frame that should be big enough. I'm back at work/school tomorrow so will talk nicely to the reprographics man to see if he can scan it in for me!
Many thanks for all the replies guys Smile
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