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Book Conservation

Book Conservation at Max Communications

Our book conservation service includes:

  • Initial assessments of material and creation of bespoke condition reports and treatment plans.
  • Advice on storage and planning for further long term preservation.
  • Cleaning of surface dirt.
  • Essential stabilisation work including tear repairs, stabilising damaged spines, rehinging on loose or detached boards etc.
  • Creation of bespoke folders and boxes for storage.
  • We can also offer on site book and library cleaning services.

Book conservation focuses on the conservation of a wide variety of bound materials, usually where a collection of folded pages have been collated together and sewn and/or adhered together down the spine and encased in covers.

The goal in this context is to preserve and stabilise as much of the original material as possible but also to maintain core professional ethics, specifically, minimal intervention and reversibility/re-treatability. Sympathetic and appropriate materials are always used, including easily reversible adhesives or the thinnest possible Japanese repair tissues ensuring text remains visible.

Conservation in this context is therefore different to restoration. Restoration aims to restore an item to as close as possible to its original state whilst hiding the fact that it has had this work applied to it whilst conservation, as stated is based on preservation and stabilisation of materials.

Max provide a full range of conservation and storage services. For details please visit our conservation and storage page. We also offer comprehensive digitisation, digital preservation, archive management and digitisation project management solutions.

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I have worked with Max Communications and the team for some years. In recent work with their Archivematica iteration in the College Archives and Corporate Records Unit, and other digital work required by varying cohorts in Imperial, Max Communications have been responsive, innovative and demonstrated great problem-solving abilities. The Max Communications team, from the top down, is approachable, friendly and keen to help.

An example is in their engagement for some major confidential scanning projects. The projects were discussed, scoped and agreed to a high standard of hand scanning. Benchmarking was agreed to our satisfaction when the project started, with a fast progress time for the work. They provided rapid access to files, including digitising out of sequence, e.g. one such turn around for hand scanning, editing and proofing a large file was within 3 hours. The digital delivery was by secure online transfer, and the hard disks and hard copy delivered securely by courier.

On a lighter note, digitisation of 1960s academic cine film was carried out promptly and to a high standard, such that it can be reshown at a major conference

--Anne Barrett | College Archivist & Corporate Records Manager | Imperial College London