Virtual Tour - conservation unit
The conservation facilities are arranged along the north side of
the building where the light is best.
To the left of the loading bay are spaces for unloading,
sorting, packaging or boxing archives, books and other material
delivered to the building and for isolating and cleaning them if
this is necessary. (Archives in the History Centre will be kept in
a dust-free environment, but they do not always arrive this
To the right of the loading bay
are the main studios for preservation (protecting material through
repackaging) and conservation (treating and repairing documents).
This requires a wide range of specialist equipment and large, high
workbenches. There is also a small reprographics studio
for photocopying and digitisation.
Visitors will be able to take a behind the scenes tour to see conservation
being carried out, on certain days of the year, or by special