National Records of Scotland

Preserving the past, Recording the present, Informing the future

Conservation Policy

Conservation Policy

National Records of Scotland (NRS) has a commitment to the preservation of the records in its care and our Conservation Services Branch (CSB), based at Thomas Thomson House, is responsible for the physical care of records.

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Conservation Policy

This policy provides the framework for the work of caring for and preserving the record collections in storage, in transit, when undergoing conservation treatment, during digital imaging or surrogacy  programmes, on display including exhibition loan, and the environmental conditions within the historic buildings holding these collections. It supports that part of the NRS mission statement which says that “We collect, preserve and produce information about Scotland’s people and history and make it available to inform present and future generations.”

Download our Conservation Care and Preservation Policy (190 KB PDF).

Fragile Records Policy

Staff and readers regularly find records in a condition which would merit attention from conservation staff. Our fragile records policy was developed to set out the procedures for reporting records in a fragile condition.