Medieval manuscript preservation

Medieval Illuminated Manuscript – credit: AJF and Almay Stock Photo

Manuscript Preservation is always a challenge

Paper does not last forever. One of the most significant challenges is acidic degradation.  Libraries and archive collections are a valued resource for our history and culture, containing the wealth of human knowledge and artistic expression. They contain some of the earliest writings ever recorded. Unfortunately, the bulk of material held in most collections is paper.

A 2017 article by Paul Garside and Zoe Millers on the Chemistry World website addresses a number of the problems and solutions.

What causes acid degradation? Is it preventable?

Deacidification you ask?

Are all manuscripts suitable for mass preservation? What treatments are used?

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