Despite trends such as minimalism and decluttering and the “throwaway society” idea of the relentless pursuit of the newest and best, human beings are nothing if not contrary and many of us find it difficult to get rid of possessions.
The 19th Century British textile designer William Morris advised:
Traditionally late December and early January are the times when activity can be a little quieter and businesses take the opportunity to review how they have performed over the previous year.
Depending on how well they have done in reaching their goals for the year as well as developments in their industry sector this can be a time for making significant changes for
In a recent blog we looked at the history of furniture through the ages and one of the most striking things was the minimal amount of possessions with which ordinary people survived right up until the early part of the 20th Century.
A table, wooden bench, stool or
In a previous blog we talked about the requirement for many organisations to keep and store archived paper records, often for many years.
But like many physical materials, paper is organic and likely to deteriorate over time so
The season of “goodwill” is looming and while we all look forward to it as a time of warm feelings, catching up with friends and family and having a few days to relax, too often the reality is increased stress levels and no room to breathe.
The massive ransomware attack WannaCry in May this year that virtually shut down many of the UK’s hospitals and GP surgeries illustrated the vulnerability of digital records.
Medical services had to return to paper-based systems to carry on, showing the importance of
Preserving and storing photographs is important for historical research. Photographs are of immense value to scholars in many fields, not only for historians, as a visible record of many aspects of life throughout the centuries, they also have great sentimental value for families and individuals throughout their own lives.
The older they are the more vulnerable to damage photos become. Printed on paper and given a coating of chemicals they are sensitive to light, heat and even to touch.
Paper can become brittle and yellow if exposed to too much light. Handled too often photographs can become
When young people move out from home – either for college terms or more permanently – parents often find themselves looking after their offspring’s collections until, in theory, their owners move into a large enough space to be able to take them away.