Preserving your family memorabilia: A practical workshop
A 40th anniversary event
As family historians and researchers, we acquire collections of items and ephemera that are important or special to us, to other family members and, over time, to our descendants too.
There are letters, photographs, postcards and paintings, birthday and address books, GRO and other certificates, wills, school and university items, military service records, medals and citations, diaries, sometimes a family Bible, memorial cards, wedding announcements, newspaper cuttings... and much more.
Then there are articles that are valuable and have been handed down in a family, even though they may give few if any clues towards family ancestry. A 19th century sampler painstakingly worked, a christening gown heavily adorned with lace or with exquisite hand embroidery, a special dress, military cloth badges, other items of clothing, even great-uncle Harry's sergeant's stripes and headgear. All are valued family items and heirlooms.
Many of us (unwittingly) will be doing the worst possible things with these items.
How should you take care of all these things?