Preservation

Post by Heraldic collection conservator Louise O’Connor All organic materials degrade. Historic manuscripts are handmade, unique artefacts combining parchment, paper, animal glues, pigments, inks, threads and leather. Unless left untouched in an oxygen free environment, these components may lose strength, discolour and can fall apart! Treating unique and degraded manuscripts can be a key part […]

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The NLI collection is constantly growing. Donations and new acquisitions often need de-framing, conservation treatment or rehousing to ensure long-term preservation and to optimise space and access. It is not always straightforward though, as two 20th century artworks recently showed us to expect the unexpected!   This drawing of actor Arthur Shields PD 4229 TB  is by […]

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By Grace Kiernan, DIT NPA Internship, Sept-Dec 2013 In September 2013 I was offered the opportunity to do an internship as part of DIT’s Archiving in Context third year, semester-long module, which is run in conjunction with the National Photographic Archive (NPA). I was keen to put what I had learned about the more theoretical aspects […]

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