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Conservation services at Dorset History Centre

At Dorset History Centre we have a dedicated conservation studio with specialist equipment and materials. Our trained Conservator is responsible for the conservation and preservation of the archival collections held here, to ensure they are accessible and protected for future generations.

Conservation services

We also offer conservation services to external clients. From large organisations to small family collections, we can offer the following:

  • free advice and treatment proposals
  • conservation of books, paper and parchment documents, maps and wax seals (prices from £50 per hour)
  • archival packaging and storage solutions
  • preparing documents for exhibitions
  • presentations and training

Get in touch

For more information or for any conservation related queries please contact our Conservator.

  • Treswell map packaging Bankes Archive: Releasing Treswell's survey

    Treswell's Survey contains the first pictorial description of Corfe Castle, alongside a series of beautiful maps of Dorset, but their full charm could not be accessed due to the volume in which they were bound. Our Conservator describes releasing the maps so they could be justly appreciated.

  • Repairing a photograph Remembering the Burma Campaign

    Many of us have carefully stowed our treasured photographs and newspaper clippings into albums for safekeeping. Unfortunately some albums, particularly self-adhesive varieties, are actively deteriorating those items we hoped to protect.

  • Dry cleaning a map The conservation of Wimborne St Giles parchment map

    Our Conservator has just completed the conservation of a large parchment map belonging to the Shaftesbury Estate. Here she describes the challenges of working with this complex material.

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