Case study of conservation of a map

Info from the print

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Condition Assessment

We received the map in a folded form.

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  1. There was some adhesive residue visible on the outside.
  2. On opening of the very first fold we found that due to the application of some adhesive, the folds were stuck to each other. There was an attempt in past, by someone to open it up despite the stuck-up condition. So, the fold could be opened easily, but the map was torn because of the unprofessional attempt to open the stuck-up condition. Conservation of a map print_Page_3_Image_0002
  3. The fold marks had become stiff over time. Image_0001a
  4. There were a number of tears towards the edges and along the folds. IMG_6690 Conservation of a map print_Page_6_Image_0004
  5. The Paper was mildly acidic.




  1. We began our treatment by testing the solubility of the ink as well as the adhesive residue. Both of which were found to be soluble in water. Conservation of a map print_Page_4_Image_0001
  2. The next step in our treatment was the attempt to recover the missing area which was found to be adhered onto the back of the map itself.It was a very tedious and sensitive step that demanded utmost precision. 20180715_151341
    This portion of the paper was split in two along the thickness of paper. Some split portion was stuck on the other side and hence was required to be recovered. But, some three little portions had lost the back portion of paper completely, which required rebuilding for strength.
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  3. Next we started with the treatment of the adhesive residue. There were remains of adhesive and some textile too. Conservation of a map print_Page_6_Image_0002
  4. Then we began treating the stubborn fold marks.
  5. The tears were mended and the map was rested under heavy weights to flatten.


    The results of the treatment were quite satisfying and were best seen on a visual comparison.

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Author: namitajaspal
Namita Jaspal, with inherited skills of art and aesthetics and passion for science, opted to pursue post- graduation in ‘Conservation of Cultural Property’ after her graduation in Science from Delhi University in 1992. Four year intense training at National Museum Institute provided the right foundation to start a career in Conservation. She is currently practicing conservation consultancy for Heritage property including monuments and collections. She has been doing independent research in conservation techniques and procedures in Indian context. She is currently working on the conservation of wall-paintings of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden temple at Amritsar. The project is nearing completion and getting a lot of appreciation for the organized and ethical treatment it is providing. It is for the first time in the history of Sri Harmandir Sahib Ji (The Golden Temple) that wall painting conservation and preservation is being done in a scientific manner, keeping the codes of Ethics into consideration while decision making. Another project just completed is of the Conservation of Krishna Temple at Kishankot, Gurdaspur, Punjab. In her private Conservation Laboratory, she is not only providing onservation services, but also mentoring young aspiring conservators and archaeologists by the way of training and paid internships. She has been a guest lecturer at DIHRM (Delhi Institute of Heritage Research and Management). With all the updated knowledge database and innovative practical approaches relevant to the Indian conditions, she could successfully do curative and preservative treatment of very old textiles like a nine feet long flag from nineteenth century that is regarded as priceless memorabilia of second Dogra regiment at Chandi Mandir, and four hundred years old (seventeenth century) Chola Sahib Ji of Sixth Guru of Sikhs, Sri Hargobind Sahib Ji. Apart from this she has done conservation of Photograph collections, archival records, numerous paintings, manuscripts and other cultural objects. She is also involved in preparation of up-gradation proposals for museums and such organizations. Her expertise includes Conservation and preservation technologies and procedures for conservation of varied material like wall paintings, paper, photographs, textile, ceramics, stone, metal and archaeological objects.

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