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Repair or conserve an historic document

Cambridgeshire Archives service is the first choice in Cambridgeshire for advice on how to preserve historical documents and photographs. 

We will consider items of any size or type for repair, including family bibles, letters, photographs, ephemera and maps. Using conservation grade materials and a careful approach, we can conserve the most fragile of items to the best possible standard.

An example of our work: rediscovering a 17th century manuscript

This document was discovered among records deposited by a Cambridge firm of solicitors. After centuries of neglect and decay, the parchment had dried out. Unscrolling it without severe damage was almost impossible.

Thanks to the skilful work of our conservator, we identified it as a court roll of the Manor of Kings Ripton dating from the early 1600s. The text within became readable for the first time in hundreds of years and can be used for historical research.

Badly damaged blackened paper document
Before repair
Cream coloured document with some readable text
After repair

Repair costs

Pricing is based on the condition of the item. We will need to examine the item before we can offer a quote for the work needed and a time estimate of the probable timescale.

For more information about what's involved, see the video of our conservator explaining the work required to restore a damaged volume. Take a look at the end result of this repair.

To arrange a free examination and a quote, please contact us below.

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Contact us

Tel: 01223 699399
Visit us: Cambridgeshire Archives, The Dock, Ely CB7 4GS

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