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Looking after your collections

Many of us have letters, books, photographs, maps, certificates and various papers of sentimental, intellectual, or family interest, which often are not looked after properly.

Most damage that they suffer is caused by a combination of factors, primarily too hot or cold a temperature, poor storage conditions, sunlight, and improper or no protective packaging. One or more of these situations can lead to mould damage, the paper and inks to discolour, and encourage pests, such as mice.

We are updating our guide to personal papers and will make this available shortly.