The book and paper session was a highlight as I had no prior knowledge. (from a conservation point of view the only reference I had was my collection of american Marvel comics!) This was an interesting one as there are more objects in a collection classed as paper than you would think. Books are the most obvious, but also in the same category are maps, watercolours, house & land deeds, prints, newspapers, posters, wallpaper etc. The question of ‘to glove or not to glove’ comes up again, as using them can mean a possibility of dirt transfer, so clean dry hands it is. If the paper your inspecting is particularly fragile, a ‘bone folder’ can be used.( a folder made of bone, not a device to fold bones…) This cheeky little tool is like a flat blunt knife that is used to slip under the edge of the piece of paper so you aren’t tempted to start scratching away to get hold of the edge, and cause any more damage. (The ‘lick the finger and thumb’ method that people use when reading a newspaper would most likely result in a short sharp visit from the bone folder…)

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Welcome to my blog! I've been keeping it to document my training as a Conservation Assistant for the National Trust at Dyrham Park. View all posts by arlingtoncourtblog

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