Preservation Management Programme: update on work to preserve the 9th Jubilee Congratulatory addresses

Last month we wrote about our collection of 9th Jubilee congratulatory addresses which are the focus of a preservation project at Archive Services. Work is progressing well on this project and some photographs of the documents before and after conservation treatment are shown below. The results speak for themselves.

Photo .  DC184/2 Congratulatory Address from the University of Buda-Pest before and after conservation treatment

The University of Glasgow is a home to around 23,000 students from 120 countries around the world and they report high levels of satisfaction. According to the independent National Student Survey 2011, an impressive 90% of our final year undergraduate students are satisfied with their course – well above the national average of 83%. And the International Student Barometer 2011 found our international students to be the most satisfied in the UK.

Volunteer students assist with a number of projects in Archive Services. One of our student Kimberly volunteers has been tasked with documenting the current condition of our 9th Jubilee Congratulatory Addresses and ensuring that the appropriate conservation treatment is carried out to ensure the long term preservation of these documents. The conservation treatment report created for each document captures crucial details about all the materials used to make the documents, such as primary paper, parchment, leather, iron-gall ink, printing ink, ink, wax seals, gold, shell gold and details of how the handwriting materials has affected the paper.

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Photo. Microscope analysis helped Kim identify the composition of the document in order to understand what it  was made of.

The document was carefully brushed with a soft brush to remove the loose dirt and dust. Afterwards a special foam sponge and foam eraser was used to do a gentle clean all over the paper. First stage of cleaning was tested under a microscope to assess whether the brushing had an adverse effect on the paper fibres. The tears or breaks in the document were repaired with thin and chemically stable a Kozo Japanese Tissue. Mends were adhered with a water-soluble adhesive and dried under weights. Solvent-set adhesive was used only on areas with ink to prevent the ink migration components into the paper. Each stage of the conservation treatment has been photograph.  After conservation treatment the document has been stored in controlled and monitored storage in folder inside drop front archive storage box. Archival box is protecting document from dirt and dust, as well as the infiltration of light, which can be harmful to document and providing the ideal long term protection.

We are grateful to Kimberly and all of our other student volunteers who have helped out with various preservation projects at Archive Services and hope they have enjoyed their experiences here.



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