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Before your visit, please check the latest information about opening hours and parking. You will need to order your documents before you visit.

Caring for your own archive

Advice on how you can preserve your own records

  • Your records are unique and irreplaceable
  • Treat with great care as they may be easily damaged
  • Avoid exposing to heat, dampness and direct sunlight
  • Please make sure that people do not eat or drink near the documents, and that any tabletops and surfaces used are thoroughly clean and dry beforehand
  • Handle with care.  If hands are clean and dry before handling, gloves are not necessary.  Otherwise wear clean cotton, vinyl or latex gloves
  • Open books carefully, and only as far as the binding will allow without forcing.  Close books when not in use
  • Keep items in archival quality packaging, as this will help protect the records from damage and preserve them for the future
  • Use only pencil to make notes
  • Never try to repair anything yourself
  • Download guidance on caring for a wide range of materials from the Institute of Conservation - how to care for series
  • Use the Conservation Register to find an accredited conservator
  • Check out the downloads attached to this page
  • For guidance on keeping and storing records, including what you need to keep, see Adding to Gloucestershire Archives’ Collections
  • Contact us

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