Monthly Archives: July 2017

Humidification to relax stiff old documents

Humidity relaxes the paper stiffness. This relaxation is important for flattening paper that is out of shape because of folds creases etc. But, there are some questions and doubts about humidifying in the right way: How to humidify without causing a shocking reaction to the paper which has been in dry environment for ages? What…

Verdigris in paintings on paper

Copper green or verdigris was commonly used in the illustrations of the handwritten manuscripts and miniature paintings on paper. This colour has a beautiful warm effect, but tends to destroy the paper very fast, specially in humid environment. We can see in the following pictures, how the paper is almost burnt exactly in the area…

Internship Experience- June/July post 4

Interns: Chetna, Subhashini, Keerat and Lovely We have been spending time learning various methods and techniques related to archival conservation in the past few days. Lab work related to archives can be very technical and precise, and requires considerable practice and hands on training. We spent most part of the day practicing the process of…

Internship Experience – June/July post 3

Internship is a pathway from studentship to professionalism.  This month’s archival conservation internship started around mid June and after the first day of simple discussion and brain-storming session the new team learned the basics of archival conservation while working on the actual old maps starting from simpler procedures to more responsible ones. Students are slowly…