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Talk will explain how to care for historic treasures

Published August 16, 2019 10.48am

Professional conservators will describe how they protect, preserve and repair historical archives in a talk at Durham County Record Office next month.

Durham County Record Office conservator

Lindsey Gibson, archive conservator, conserving a document.

In 'An Introduction to Archive Conservation', conservators Lindsey Gibson and Zoe Ross will explain the processes they use to assess and preserve the range of items in the record office's collection.

The talk, on Thursday 19 September, from 12.30pm to 1.15pm, will provide an overview of the causes of damage and deterioration of archives, and explain the conservation methods used to treat and repair items, with examples. 

Bring your own items

As well as learning about archive conservation processes, visitors are invited to bring their own treasured records for free conservation advice. 

Preserving the county's history for future generations

Dawn Layland, education and outreach archivist, said: "Our collection spans 900 years, occupies five miles of shelving and includes a wide range of material, from manuscripts and paper documents, to seals, maps and photographs.

"We keep as much of our archive as we can available to the public and, as our records are often delicate and fragile, our conservators play a major role in making items accessible by identifying and treating damaged materials. During this talk, Lindsey and Zoe will describe some of the fascinating methods they use to ."

The event, which is the latest in a programme of monthly 'Third Thursday Talks', is free to attend, although donations are welcome on the day.

Booking is essential and spaces must be reserved in advance by making a Durham County Record Office online booking.

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