Conservation Advice and Expertise

(left: 18th Century document damaged by insects)

The Conservation Unit has existed within the Archive Service for many years, with the purpose of preserving the many and varied archives in the keeping of Cumbria's Archive Centres and local studies libraries.  The Conservation Unit in Carlisle provides a central point of access for advice and support for preservation and conservation problems of historical records in Cumbria.  As well as the 4 Archive Centres and local studies libraries, private historical institutions and local community groups and societies, and any member of the public in Cumbria needing information and support in the care and preservation of their papers can receive advice from the conservation staff.

We employ friendly conservation professionals who are skilled in the most up to date preservation and conservation techniques covering a wide range of materials including paper and parchment manuscripts, bound volumes, maps and plans, prints, photographic images on glass, paper and film, wax and shellac seals and works of art on paper.

The Conservators also have experience in preservation environments and conditions for the safe keeping of archives, and will try to direct you to useful resources for help with other items.

Conservation Unit

Cumbria Archive Centre, Carlisle
Petteril Bank House
Petteril Bank Road
Tel:01228 227252

The Conservation Unit is not open to the public on a daily basis, however, we are happy to welcome visitors by appointment.