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Conservation and Restoration Center

Conservation

This procedure includes two aspects, «preventive» and «curative».
It simultaneously provides:
  • Protection of the material and esthetic integrity of documents
  • Longevity of the writing surface
  • Transference of the contents of collections to future generations

The treatment of collections in curative conservation, applied by the CRC, goes through many phases:
  • Disinfection and / or drying:
    The Center focuses on vacuum technology to disinfect collections. Each document undergoes disinfection through the sophisticated Henkovac Vacuum packaging machine
  • Surface cleaning includes dust and mold removal
  • Removal of damaging fasteners from the original document
  • Production of storage boxes
  • The Center produces a wide range of tailor-made acid-free packages (with pH neutral or alkaline reserve)

The CRC ensures the technical management of written heritage, and offers its vault, designed according to internationally recognized standards of conservation, as a safe where valuable collections can be stored:
  • Air conditioning and ventilation system which regulates a continuous supply of filtered fresh air and the extraction of used air
  • Ideal humidity rate (50%± 5) and stable temperature (18ºC ± 2)
  • Compact shelving units incorporating coatings and components that meet strict archive storage protection standards
  • Walls painted with antifungal paint
  • Protection against fires ensured by a sophisticated system, composed of fire and smoke detectors, fire doors, fire alarm, and a non-toxic gas harmless to humans and paperwork (FM 200)
  • Protection against burglary ensured by surveillance cameras and an alarm system.
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