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Thursday, May 31 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
(Book and Paper) Chancery Master Exhibits - piecing it back together

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The focus of this paper is the conservation of a17th c. map damaged by water and iron gall ink. Triggered by a document request for the Victoria County History project, archivist Amanda Bevan discovered the bad condition of a 17th c. map, which is of great historical interest. The map is part of a group of objects (C 110 64-67) dating from the mid-15th c. to the 18th c., which all had been evidence material in a court case: In his will, Samuel Travers dedicated the proceeds from the sale of his land to the establishment of a foundation for poor naval lieutenants. Travers’ will became the subject of much dispute and litigation and the trust relating to the Naval Knights was not validated until 26 July 1793, almost seventy years after his death. The map appears to have been worked with to the extent of its material failing, which led to the production of an 18th c. copy. The transfer process of the ink drawings involved pricking through the paper onto the new support. The map also shows staining from water damage, which would have contributed to the breakdown and removal of the adhesive holding the lining to the paper and exacerbated the iron gall ink damage. The three factors together, the iron gall ink degradation, the pricking and the water damage, led to the paper delaminating in fragments like a jigsaw. New treatment approaches for iron gall ink damage included the use of gels and a heat mat. This conservation project is a reflexion of recent developments in paper and book conservation at TNA's Collection Care Department. It included the identification of materials and the development of tailored conservation treatments with the help of the conservation scientists. It required historical research provided by the archivists and non-TNA historians. As a result, the map is being used as a case study for in-house training and for various outreach events. In the newly created position of the Senior Conservation Manager for Single Object Treatments I have been focussing on high profile documents and conservation challenges and directing the development and adaptation of new treatment methods. The present conservation project lent itself to contribute to TNA’s conservation skill development programme and to improve the organisation’s conservation methodology for single objects.

avatar for Sonja Schwoll-[ACR]

Sonja Schwoll-[ACR]

Senior Conservation Manager - Treatment Single Objects, The National Archives
Sonja Schwoll ACR (Icon, UK) is Senior Conservation Manager – Treatment Single Objects at The National Archives. Previously, Sonja was Subject Leader for the Conservation of Books and Library Materials Programme at West Dean College and Associate Lecturer on the MA Conservation... Read More →

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Dr. Lora Angelova

Conservation Scientist, The National Archives, Kew
Lora Angelova is a Conservation Scientist at The National Archives, Kew. She obtained a PhD in chemistry from Georgetown University in conjunction with the scientific research department of National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and has carried out research into gel cleaning of a... Read More →

Rose Mitchell

Map Archivist, The National Archives
Rose Mitchell has for many years been map archivist at The National Archives of the United Kingdom and an historian of cartography.  She is co-author of Maps: their untold stories (Bloomsbury, 2014) and has written and given talks on a broad range of map-related topics based on the... Read More →

Thursday May 31, 2018 4:00pm - 4:30pm MDT
Texas Ballroom D Marriott Marquis Houston