You may remember from a previous post that we received grant funding from the NMCT to carry out work on the Denbigh Borough Charters. We are very pleased to tell you that the project is now complete and the charters have been returned to Denbighshire.
The Charters are large documents and were previously stored together in a box which did not offer adequate protection to the documents or attached seals. The packaging was also unsuitable for maneuvering the documents in and out of storage and would mean that two members of staff would be needed to retrieve them.
Below are a series of photographs taken during the project to illustrate the work carried out….
The project involved parchment cleaning; repairing as appropriate; humidifying and flattening of undulating surfaces and seal cleaning. As you can see from the images some there was some staining, damaged seal attachments and curled pages.
The project included repackaging into bespoke archival boxes which will considerably reduce handling when the documents are consulted. Conservation work was carried out by Mark Allen, Conservator, at Flintshire Record Office [pictured].
The project also included scanning each page to create a digital image of each Charter. These documents were too large to scan in-house, therefore access was restricted to those who could visit the office in person. The production of digital images will enable wider and remote access in the future. Scanning was carried out by staff at The National Library of Wales.
The digital images of the charters will be available on our new website later this year.