Handling criteria for archival documents, prints, photographs, books and museum objects

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Repeated and incorrect handling is one of the main causes of damage to archival records, books and objects. Rare books, documents, prints and photographs must therefore be handled carefully in order to minimise that risk. It is important that readers understand that they have a responsibility for the care of the collection which they use.

In the case of delicate or heavily used archival materials we reserve the right to restrict use of such records. The QSA will however strive to provide surrogate copies in order to minimize handling of the originals in the interest of their preservation.

Please see our handling guidelines for further information.

Loan procedures

The archives are for reference only and borrowing of documents is not permissible.

Queen Square Archives will consider requests for loans of records and objects from its collection for specific purposes and specific periods of time. These will normally include exhibition/display; research, teaching or education; photography and publication or conservation.

Please contact us for further information.