Library and archive conservation

If you require any items treating to prevent deterioration and preserve them for future generations, we provide a full range of professional services for both individuals and organisations in the South Yorkshire region.

Consultation & advice

If you request a consultation we can recommend what needs to be done in order to preserve the item(s) and will provide you with a bespoke written report and a no-obligation price to carry out any necessary works.

Any work is undertaken by our accredited conservator to the recognised professional BS 4971 2002 standard, using the most appropriate materials and chemicals. 

Talks & training sessions

If your local history or socials group is interested we can provide talks on the following topics, for example:

  • How to Look After Your Family Papers
  • Caring for Old Photographs

We can also provide training sessions to individuals, staff or volunteers on the best practice, handling and packaging for your archived items.

Donate to support Local Studies & Archives collection

Deep under Sheffield’s Central Library are 6 strong-rooms full of rare and fascinating items from the Local Studies and Archives collections documenting over 800 years of the history of our city. Help us bring these items into the daylight for everyone to enjoy.

We are dedicated to improving access to the many hundreds of thousands of items in our collections so that everyone can enjoy them. In recent years many have been repaired, digitised, and published on Picture Sheffield. 

Many items remain ‘locked away’ in our strong-rooms. Some have suffered from poor storage handling before they came to the City Archives – the risk of further damage prevents anyone from looking at them.

Many others remain hidden from view and are only available to researchers who are able to visit the Central Library and City Archives.

Thanks to the generous support of our customers we are able to make more of Sheffield’s rich history available to everyone through our conservation and digitisation programme.

Donate to help us save, clean, repair, digitise and publish. We have selected a range of key archives that we would like to have repaired and/or digitised in 2016-17. 

For every £500 we raise we can safeguard a set of 30 – clean and repair them, digitise them and make them accessible to all.

The first set includes: 

  • early play-bills for Sheffield’s theatres from the 1800s; World War II posters
  • 19th century estate agent sale plans
  • plans of Victorian properties and streets
  • 19th century broadsheets for sports and entertainment events

Every pound we raise makes a real difference to everyone who is interested in preserving and enjoying the history of Sheffield.

Please donate - send a cheque payable to “Sheffield City Council” and marked “Picture Sheffield appeal” to:

City Archives
52 Shoreham Street
S1 4SP

Donate cash into donation boxes at the City Archives and the Local Studies Library.

Contact Conservation Unit

City Archives
52 Shoreham Street
S1 4SP
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