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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

The conservation of photographs stored in self-adhesive albums

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. I had the privilege of working on a collection relating to the Burma Campaign of World War Two which included photographs, newspaper clippings and watercolours. These items had been carefully housed within a self-adhesive album. Unfortunately these albums have inherent issues that are detrimental to archival documents, such as acidic board, an adhesive layer and polyvinyl overlays, which will all chemically interact with items enclosed within".

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