caring for: archival and historial material
Provided below are a selection of online resources with information relating to the general care of archival and historical material to help you look after your archival and historical. For specific advice relating to your item or collection, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Many of the links below refer to ranges of relative humidity (RH) and temperature for safe, long term display and storage. As you will read, different organisations sometimes state different ranges. This is because there is no single correct range.
Latest information tells us that setting ‘one size fits all' ranges for RH and temperature isn't always necessary or appropriate. As organisations update their fact sheets, this will be revised.
As always, the most important thing is to keep your items in a stable environment, one where the RH and temperature remain relatively constant throughout the day and across the year. It is the changes in RH and temperature that can cause physical problems such as cracks, splits, and distortion.
Care and storage