Conservation Services

What to look out for and what I can do for you:

Paper has been made and used for hundreds of years and examples survive that are many hundreds of years old.  There are different reasons why paper survives – or does not!

There are simple steps that can be taken to ensure your paper items are preserved to prolong their life – and that is where I can help. The following is a list (not exhaustive) of problems you may find that I can put right.


Correct framing is the most important thing you can do for your works of art on paper.
The example above shows a yellow brown acidic mount, the core of this mount board is made of very poor paper and has yellowed with age. Over time this can actually stain the art work where it touches it and cause ‘mount burn’ (the staining). I can treat the paper to reduce the staining. But of course prevention is better than the cure – using best quality conservation or Museum mount board will prevent this from happening in the first place.

Yellowing paper is a sign that the structure of the paper is deteriorating and as well as being disfiguring can shorten its life. It is possible for me to remove or reduce this yellowing.