The preservation of our collection is paramount and providing access to the collections is a key goal. The holdings of the National Archives are huge and the vast majority of the documents need to be repaired, but conservation treatment is only one element of the overall preservation strategy. Other elements include good handling and use, high quality storage and environment, considered reproduction and the use of surrogates where they exist.
The conservators do not work in isolation to achieve these goals, as archivists and other staff members of the National Archives incorporate many key preservation tasks within their daily routine.
Recent and current projects in the Conservation Unit give a snapshot into the work which our trained conservators conduct on a daily basis and are as follows: