Archdeaconry of Nottingham Conservation
The fragile condition of long series of papers in the archive of the Nottingham Archdeaconry had frustrated many researchers. In 1994 the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust matched local funding to support conservation work on an Act Book and a series of the seventeenth-century Presentment Bills.
Almost 4,000 items were conserved and are now available for reader consultation. The project served as a pilot, to establish techniques and test an effective methodology which could ultimately be extended to the rest of this very large archive. The work employed leaf casting techniques, and successfully established procedures which have since been incorporated into the Department's regular conservation programme.
Further support was secured from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and a programme of conservation and cataloguing began in 2002 (the Archdeaconry Presentment Bills project).
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