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NCS aims to help insitutions to improve the conservation of their collections.  One way of doing this is to develop ways to assess what constitutes 'good conservation', wherever collections need to be protected.  Following a perio
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Many institutions need help in identifying what level of light an object (art, artefact, manuscript or book) should receive when exhibiting, either in their own displays or on loan.  Many objects will fade over time if displayed regularly and th
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With thanks to our sponsor, Bruynzeel, and our superb hosts The National Archives, the National Library of Wales and MALD, National Galleries Scotland and the National Gallery of Ireland, the series of four conferences across the UK and Ireland this
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After seven years of dialogue, debate and the last leg of the lengthy, two-stage voting process, the replacement for BS5454 has finally been approved for publication.  With no national votes against its launch and 16 nations all voting in favour
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BS 4971:2017 has arrived!  This wholly revised standard is now called 'Conservation & Care of Archive & Library Collections'. Previously BS4971 covered technical details of conservation treatments.  Over the decades since
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Stationers' Liber A 'Liber A' is one of the key manuscripts produced by the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspapermakers.  Dating from the 16th century when all new publications (plays and books) had to be registered wi
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Chris Woods, NCS Director Time and again I go to archives, libraries and museums and find that their building managers, or project directors (in the case of e.g. HLF funded projects) have engaged mechanical engineers to design and install air condit
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Episcopal collection spans 700 years of church records. A modern redbrick building tucked just off Lincoln’s main shopping district seems like an unlikely repository for one of the most important holdings of diocesan records in Britain. One mi
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Looking after and promoting important historical collections is no easy task for any organization. It’s especially challenging for institutions that don't have the funding and staff that enable them to maintain a presence on national or gl
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A blog by NCS news editor Rachel Gordon As you no doubt have heard, Magna Carta is 800 years old this year - a milestone marked by events around the UK and worldwide - and NCS is providing conservation care and advice for several documents related t
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