NSW Land and Property Plans

PROJECT DATE : 10TH FEB 2018
project
New South Wales Land and Property Plans
client
Land and Property Information
services
Paper Conservation

ICS treated a large number of historical plans and maps belonging to the NSW Land and Property Information (LPI). The plans of towns and suburbs within the state of NSW varied in length from 40 centimetres to 10 metres. In total, our paper conservation team spent almost 2000 hours treating 613 plans in order to stabilise and prepare them for digitisation.

Condition

The plans varied greatly in condition. Most were in a poor condition and had been adhered to linen or paper backings in order to strengthen them. Typically, the plans had multiple tears, areas of lifting or separation from their backings, creases and cracking, and various types of adhesives and tapes (e.g. Sellotape, packing tape, linen tape). The majority had been stored rolled, and years of regular use had contributed significantly to their poor condition. 

Treatment 

Conservation treatment focused on repair and stabilisation of the plans so they could be handled with ease and to help prevent further damage during the scanning and  digitisation process.
• Humidify and flatten each plan
• Remove tape and adhesive
• Repair tears in the paper using Japanese paper
• Loose or lifting pieces were adhered to the backing
materials
• Additional post treatment flattening

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project
New South Wales Land and Property Plans
client
Land and Property Information
services
Paper Conservation

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