Caring for archives

At its most basic, looking after archives is about ensuring they are safe and protected from extreme temperatures and humidity, wherever and whatever they are. Expected levels of care for different types of material are set out in the guidance for Archive Service Accreditation.

Find out more about caring for archives in the following documents:

Archive Principles and Practice (PDF, 0.51 MB)

Protecting archives and manuscripts against disasters (PDF, 0.05 MB)

Guidance for managing mixed collections

Many archivists have responsibility for managing other collections alongside archives and current records. These might include costumes, awards, objects, artworks and non-traditional media. Each of these items needs different management strategies, potentially different storage requirements and access needs.

To support archivists in caring for these collections, we have commissioned guidance that brings together sector standards and advice for archives and museums.

Download the guidance: Managing mixed collections guidance (PDF, 3 MB)

Other sources of advice