A UFDC Mini Seminar

The first rule of conservation:

“Do nothing that cannot be undone.”

She is in original, but poor, condition. Her box is shattered and dirty from a long stint in the attic. The box top has been missing for some time, and she was lying beneath an open attic louvre which received sun for part of the day.

Lignin, an acid found in cardboard, causes brittleness, spotting, yellowing and ultimately disintegration in textiles. The original box is important, but the doll should be protected from direct contact with it by layers of acid-free barrier paper.

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