Conservation of Doveridge Enclosure Plan

One of my projects this week has been repairing the parliamentary enclosure plan of Doveridge, from 1791 (Q/RI 36) which was in a rather sorry state. The map had originally been flat, but then subsequently folded up, which had eventually caused it to split in two. It had then been rolled up for storage, causing even more damage and splitting along the folds.

Q RI 36 Plan repairs before (1)

Q RI 36 Plan repairs before (4)

Q RI 36 Plan repairs before (3)

I’ve flattened the plan and repaired it with Japanese tissues using a heat set conservation technique. Now the plan is pieced back together it can be handled safely and is ready for use in the search room.

Q RI 36 Plan repairs after (1) Q RI 36 Plan repairs after (3)

It will now be stored flat (which is much better for it) and has been placed in a polyester sleeve and archival folder to preserve it for the future.

Q RI 36 packaged (2)

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