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Special Collections


Training in care and handling of paper-based collections through the Collections Care Scheme

MLA North East and Durham University Collections Care Framework

This scheme which started in July 2002 provided advice and training in collection care to libraries, archives and museums with paper based collections throughout the north east. In April 2006 it expanded to provide preservation advice on museum objects as well, in partnership with the NE Museums Hub. In September 2007 it won the Award for Care of Collections at the 2007 Conservation Awards.

The North East Collections Care Framework responds to requests for advice on storage conditions, disaster planning, benchmarks and other preservation issues, and can organise training days on practical topics such as the care, handling and cleaning of collections.


In House

Work for the University Library includes:

Preservation and collection care

  • Environmental monitoring and integrated pest management throughout the collections.
  • Checking through new accessions in the decontamination room
  • Training of staff in the care and handling of collections
  • Advising on day to day preservation issues.
  • Maintenance of a disaster plan
  • Repackaging collections
  • Exhibitions : digital photography, creation of surrogates and mounting
Repairs being made to an account submitted to the Bishop of Durham in 1550

Remedial conservation of the collections

  • Paper conservation by hand and by leafcasting
  • Parchment repair
  • Seals
  • Maps
  • Architectural drawings
  • Book conservation
  • Binding
  • Boxmaking

Contact details

Special Collections
Palace Green Library
Palace Green
United Kingdom
: +44 (0)191 334 2972