Immediate response to London College of Fashion
Document SOS Ltd provided a rapid response when the London College of Fashion reported that some of its special collection had been damaged in a flood. Karen Ellis-Rees, Learning Resources Manager at LCF was impressed by the speed of the response and professionalism of the Document SOS team. Trained conservators arrived on site and within a day had brought 25 crates of material back to be freeze vacuum dried, and further material for select air drying.
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Historical Conservation
Paper Conservation

Document S.O.S' highly trained paper conservators can treat all manner of paper, parchment, artwork and historical documents. They can arrest on-going acid attack and discolouration, while creating a buffer against future environment degradation. Conservation techniques are used to repair physical damage, tears and missing areas, and can generally increase the life expectancy of an item. Each assignment has to be analysed individually taking into account pigments, inks and paper types.

For more information please give us a call on 0207 233 6006 or email us

Book Refurbishing

As a result of light exposure and acidic leather, bookbindings can be in frequent need of refurbishing and conservation work. Document SOS teams can refurbish onsite or remove to our workshops in part or interiority see Library Relocations

Conservation bookbinding involves repairing a book whilst maintaining the integrity of the old or original binding.

For more information please give us a call on 0207 233 6006 or email us

Environment Management

Although paper is one of the most hardy of information substrates, it requires a stable and controlled environment for safe long-term storage. Unfortunately, storage and environment conditions are generally only considered when it is too late and mould or insect infestation has set in. Relative Humidity (RH) levels, temperature and light all play a major role in the deterioration of the cellulose structure and subsequently the document, book or work of art. It is therefore crucial that strict controls are regulated and that routine readings are taken in the archive or storage area.

We can provide Risk Assessments for historical collections, which will encompass existing environment conditions and highlight the anticipated degradation implications for the future. Recommendations are made to mitigate this disintegration as well as presenting solutions to unsuitable storage locations.

For more information please give us a call on 0207 233 6006 or email us

Conservation Framing and Boxing

After undertaking conservation measures it is recommended that collections are replaced in a storage environment with as much protection as possible. Framing, using acid free board ultraviolet filtered glass is recommended for prints, drawings and watercolours whilst acid-free boxing is ideal for archived material.

For more information please give us a call on 0207 233 6006 or email us

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