There are many easy ways to help preserve the archives of individuals or organisations - papers, parchment documents, photographs, maps and volumes - without being an expert or spending a lot of money on archival quality materials
Digital archives can be either born-digital, created electronically on a computer or digital camera, such as text, spreadsheets, databases or digital photographs. They can also be digital copies of items, such as scans of older photographs or posters; these are known as digital surrogates. It is harder to preserve digital material than paper and parchment.
In order to preserve digital material, we suggest that it is created or preserved in a suitable format. It is best to be aware of these formats before you start. Our guidelines will help you choose an appropriate format.
Our Digital Preservation Policy describes our approach to digital archives.
These specialist companies will supply a wide range of materials including acid-free boxes and tissue paper.
Conservation by Design Limited
Timecare Works, 5 Singer Way
Woburn Road Industrial Estate
Kempston, Bedford MK42 7AW
Conservation Resources (U.K.), Limited
Unit 2, Ashville Way, off Watlington Road
Cowley, Oxford OX4 6TU
Preservation Equipment Limited
Shelfanger, Diss, Norfolk IP22 2DG
Howlett Way, Thetford, Norfolk IP24 1HZ
G Ryder and Co Ltd
Denbigh Road, Bletchley, Milton Keynes MK1 1DG