Material         Salvage / movement                         If treating onsite                                            ...
Salvage at a Glance. Emma Dadson, Harwell Document Restoration services
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Salvage at a Glance. Emma Dadson, Harwell Document Restoration services

  1. 1. Material Salvage / movement If treating onsite If large quantity. Archive boxes Support base of box, slide off shelf. Remove contents from the box and treat as per format. Keep If you have reboxed already, Check whether contents wet beyond box contents fastidiously in order. no need to crate unless new base item. If YES treat objects as box weakened. If in original detailed to right. If NO, overturn box, transfer to a plastic crate contents if possible and rebox (to and transfer to freezers if expose bottommost item and allow objects can be frozen to air-dry), transfer original label and monitor for 24 hours. Freeze if still wet after 24 hours. Books – Push from shelf, don’t pull. If spines / On blotting paper base, place books upright, fanned open to 60o. No need to interleave in text modern boards / title plates detaching, place If wet inside, interleave with blotter or newsprint at the block with blotter. Place any printed all in a polythene bag. Isolate with endpapers and within the text block (no more than 4 sheets per volumes with weak boards / polythene bags any volumes with inch of text block to avoid distortion). Air-dry in wind-tunnel or on spine / leaching dyes into leaching dyes. Pack flat in crates, blotter on the floor / tops of tables. Remember to keep moving polythene bags. For all other larger items at bottom for transfer. the book on the base of blotter so water will continue to desorb. volumes this is not necessary Do not open / close unnecessarily – Remove any dust-jackets. Keep area cool. but an option if time permits transfer open books as found to (i.e. whole operation can be assessment area. Do not overpack completed within 72hours of crates as crates will be too heavy to the initial wetting).. Consult lift and the weight on the bottommost with conservator for fine books will be too severe. bindings Books with As modern printed above, but pack Stand volumes on blotter, but do not use blotter or newsprint to Freeze as quickly as possible, coated papers books upright in crate for transfer interleave. Carefully separate out each wet page to prevent packing vertically in crates. and and prioritise for treatment. adhesion. Interleave with silicone paper if necessary to prevent Ensure that it is made clear to photograph Danger of pages sticking pages touching on each page. NB this is very time- HDRS that these volumes are albums together. consuming. Consult HDRS / Conservator as to whether coated. attempts should be made to separate pages which have already stuck. Books - Large Keep flat and move horizontally, on Dry flat, interleaving 20% of the text block, changing the blotter Keep flat if possible and format bound boards if too large for crates frequently. If saturated, this is not likely to be successful, so shrink-wrap onto boards for newspapers freeze. security, or stack vertically in crates. Compact Pack vertically in crates in sleeves. Air-dry on blotter, or on lines (tape through CD central hole), Enclosures and case can be discs DVDs Take care not to scratch surfaces. separating CD from enclosures, case, but keep material frozen and dried – CDs cannot. and records together. If dirty, rinse disc with distilled water but do not rub as Try to rig up a rack and dry this may scratch. CDs vertically. DO NOT FREEZE AV material. Framed Prioritise for treatment. Remove Remove from frames unless artwork is stuck to glass (in which Prints can usually be frozen, artwork from fixings. Hold item upright and case, dry image side down, backing paper removed and consult but best to deframe unless the (glass) with one hand in the centre of the a conservator) Do not separate from stretcher. If glass is broken quantity in the 1000s where bottom frame member and the other and removable, remove it, but if cracked, try to tape over the deframing may be very time- between half and two thirds of the breaks as glass may damage image, then lay face down. consuming. Always consult way up the side member. Larger with a conservator when large items should be lifted by two people, quantities of paintings supporting base and side of frame affected. (never handle from the top). Transport vertically, in crates if necessary, never image to image, always image to back, and separated if possible with bubble wrap (bubbles towards back board, not the image). Line base of crate with bubble wrap (bubbles down). Framed As glazed artwork above. NB Large Remove frames but keep on any stretchers. Face up, air-dry on Air-drying only option – consult artwork (no items may be better dried in situ blotter. Avoid sunlight. Do not touch the surface of the painting. with conservator glass) rather than be moved too far. Keep horizontal. Collect any flaking paint. Collect loose fragments of paint from scene Microfiche Remove microfiche by taking Remove from sleeves but retain sleeve for the transfer of info. Freeze in drawers or transfer drawers from the cabinet, rather Either lay flat or clip to line with rust-proof clips. Keep fiche wet to shallow crates, vertically, than individual sheets. that you are intending to air-dry but can’t get to within 4 hours. keeping just one layer. Microfilm Check whether contents of box are Do not attempt to treat onsite. Whilst it is technically feasible, as Contact a microfilm lab or film reels and film dry by opening box, wiping outside the tape requires washing, this should be done professionally. processor to rewash. Keep wet first with paper towels to prevent in the meantime, preferably in ingress when opening. If dry, crates or bags of water but if separate box from film but keep not possible, self seal bags together. If wet, tie carton up and with air excluded. transfer to crates full of water. Paper - Individual sheets should be lifted Lay flat on blotter, transferring with melinex if necessary. Turn Place into crates. Packed flat. uncoated from surface using melinex to lift documents regularly to encourage drying on both sides, unless No need to interleave unless in paper (rather than fingers). Paper is very water-soluble ink which should be kept face up at all times. folders with leaching dyes. weak and can tear. Prioritise records If space restricted, create layers: blotter- records – blotter – with water-soluble inks for treatment. records – blotter (like a triple decker sandwich). Keep changing blotter. Photographs HIGH PRIORITY – ambrotypes, Remove from enclosures (usually best to cut away sleeve). Don’t Freeze if quantity is large for daguerreotypes, tintypes, silver touch or blot surfaces. Air-dry in dust-free environment image specialist drying, but NOT gelatine glass plate negatives, wet side up or hang, clipping non-image areas. If you are aiming to glass plate negatives which collodion glass plate negatives, air-dry, keep wet prior to treatment in crates of water to prevent must be air-dried. cyanotypes adhesions (not glass plate negatives). MEDIUM colour prints and film, silver gelatine prints and negatives, If dirty, place in shallow tray full of distilled water and agitate for MEDIUM – LOW priority albumen 15 minutes black and white / 10 minutes colour, then remove prints and salted paper prints. and air-dry. If advised by a conservator, attempt to separate Transfer in existing enclosures and adhered photos under water. For negatives only, if particulates

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