- Who we are
- Executive team
- Management Board
- Boards and advisory groups
- Plans, policies, performance and projects
- Research and scholarship
- Collection care
- Sustainable environmental management
- Conservation research and development
- Advice and guidance
- Loans for exhibitions
- Advisory Council
- Advisory Panel on Public Sector Information
Conservation research and development
The conservation research programme is carried out within the framework of The National Archives' research strategy and contributes to the overall aim of sustainable stewardship of the collection.
Research strategy (PDF, 0.05Mb)
Our primary aim is to deliver practical outcomes that will lead to a better understanding of how to preserve the UK's archival heritage, within the context of a national research agenda. These outcomes feed into collection care policies.
We aim to challenge accepted conservation practices by examining the evidence base. Wherever possible, our conservators and conservation technicians undertake research collaboratively with preservation specialists and conservation scientists to decide on the most appropriate conservation treatments.
You can download our Conservation research strategy below:
Conservation research strategy (PDF, 0.04Mb)
Managing material change
Our research programme helps us predict the long-term stability of The National Archives' holdings by increasing understanding of:
- the materials used to create records
- degradation processes
- the steps required to mitigate deterioration
- the relationship of materials to the environment in which they are stored and handled
Current research projects
Find out more in the pages on the left about our current research projects to address the degradation process and ensure appropriate environmental conditions for materials.
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