Damage Atlas on Archives


Conservation
Archives
Amazonia
Heritage
Project start: 
23 March 2009
Project end: 
23 March 2010
The year 2007 saw the publication of the Schadeatlas archieven (Archives Damage Atlas) by Metamorfoze, the Netherlands National Programme for the Preservation of Archives of National Importance. This slim volume is intended as an aid for identifying and classifying damage to archive documents. It facilitates the recognition of different types of damage and the identification of the causes of damage and can also serve as a basis for drawing up a conservation plan. In the atlas, 22 types of damage have been listed in five categories, namely damage to the text block and/or binding, chemical damage, mechanical damage, damage caused by vermin and moisture damage. Photographs of the different types of damage have been included making it easier to identify them. The Schadeatlas archieven has proved a successful product in the Netherlands. It has clearly fulfilled a need for a well-organised reference guide. There were also calls, at an international level, for a translation. This is why the Nationaal Archief and Metamorfoze set out to publish an English-language edition of the atlas that also pays attention to damage and infestations of a specifically 'tropical' nature, such as damage caused by termites. The translation has been coordinated with The National Archives at Kew and The British Library in London. The project was largely funded from the budget for the Mutual Cultural Heritage programme. One of the key objectives of the Mutual Cultural Heritage programme is the dissemination of knowledge regarding conservation and restoration. A major benefit of circulating the damage atlas is that this will have the effect of standardising the identification of types of damage at an international level. This will ultimately improve communication between archives at both national and international levels. The first copy of the Archives Damage Atlas, a tool for assessing damage, was presented to the National Archives of Surinam on 12 April during a Mutual Cultural Heritage meeting in the capital Paramaribo. OBJECTIVES knowledge exchange RESULTS This slim volume is intended as an aid for identifying and classifying damage to archive documents. It facilitates the recognition of different types of damage and the identification of the causes of damage and can also serve as a basis for drawing up a conservation plan. In the atlas, 22 types of damage have been listed in five categories, namely damage to the text block and/or binding, chemical damage, mechanical damage, damage caused by vermin and moisture damage. Photographs of the different types of damage have been included making it easier to identify them. See also: Erik van der Doe (Expert) metamorfoze (Organisation)
Contact person: 
Mara de Groot
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