Importance of Preservation

Contact Us:

Catherine Wright - Archivist
Wicklow County Council Archive,
County Buildings,
Station Rd,
Wicklow Town,
Co. Wicklow
Republic of Ireland

Tel: +353 404 20126
Email: CWright@wicklowcoco.ie


Will & Testament of Hugh Barton, read on April 25th 1866

Grand Juries

Archival material is fragile and may deteriorate easily. It has specific requirements and needs to be securely stored and maintained under proper conditions and listed for easy retrieval.

Every format has its own environmental requirements:

  • Parchment
  • Photographs
  • Slides
  • Maps, plans and drawings
  • Audio and visual material
  • Electronic formats
  • Microfilms

Archives should be preserved against:

  • Light (UV radiation, heat gain)
  • Fire, or even smoke
  • High humidity (higher than 55%)
  • Pollution
  • High temperature (higher than 20°)
  • Dust
  • Handling