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The documents held at the Dorset History Centre are protected through conservation measures and specialist preservation. This work is essential to the protection of the archives.

Physical environment

Archives need to be kept at the optimum temperature and humidity to ensure their long-term survival. Carefully monitored air conditioning is used to create a constant climate within the strongrooms where documents are stored.

Documents also need to be kept free from the threats of vermin, fire and theft. The Dorset History Centre is fortunate in having purpose-built accommodation, which limits the risk of disaster such as fire causing any damage to the documents.

Treating documents

Some documents held at the Dorset History Centre have been damaged by mould, vermin, poor storage or other problems in the past, and need specialist care if they are to survive. Our skilled Conservator is able to treat records which have been damaged, enabling  them to be available for public use and ensuring their long-term survival.

Conservation work has largely focused on paper and parchment archives. We are now dealing with all sorts of new media archives, including film, sound and digital material.

360 photo of the air lock

360 Dorset History Centre repository air lock

360 photo of the repository

360 aisle in Dorset History Centre repository

  • Environmental monitoring Monitoring the Environment

    Dorset Archives Trust have recently funded the purchase of an environmental meter, which is used to offer advice to museums and individuals.

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