Conservation for Digitisation Projects...

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Conservation for Digitisation Projects

Conservation for digitisation projects comes with its own challenges. Certain items and collections cannot be easily digitised without some conservation intervention beforehand. This may be because the process itself will cause already fragile documents to become newly or further damaged or because the items are currently inaccessible - for example, they may be folded and very brittle.

Whether it's a small undertaking or a large, mass digitisation project it is extremely important to undertake a thorough condition assessment to highlight areas of risk before any practical work is carried out. Based on this assessment we can provide advice and help plan how to utilise conservation to mitigate these potential challenges to ensure a smooth digitisation workflow and to get the best quality images from your items.

At Max we offer:

  • Removal and replacement of restrictive attachment devices such as pins and staples.
  • Collating and pagination of items.
  • Surface cleaning of items where it is obscuring information.
  • Removal of old repairs that may be obscuring information.
  • Flattening of folded, creased or crumpled areas where it is obscuring information.
  • Repairing of tears and unstable areas to improve handling for the capture process.
  • Flattening of rolled items.
  • Humidification, unfolding and flattening of tightly folded items that cannot be unfolded without causing damage.
  • The conservation and equipment departments can work together with you the client to come up with innovative solutions to capture complex items such as those with restrictive bindings, foldouts in bound volumes, or very large scale plans or posters for example.

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.

For more information please use the buttons below or call us on 0208 309 5445.

If you'd like to get in touch to find out more about our services please use the buttons below or call us on 020 8309 5445


Max Communications and the RSA Archive have a successful, long standing working relationship. We have undertaken several digitisation projects together to scan our numerous large sized artworks, prints and diagrams. More recently we successfully migrated to Max’s archive management and digital preservation services, DRYAD and SOTERIA. I cannot fault either the consistent quality of the digitisation or the quality of professional service provided and would recommend, Max Communications, without reservation.

--Eve Watson | Head of Archive | The Royal Society of Arts