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.
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.
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
• Additional post treatment flattening
The classic Australian film ‘Forty Thousand Horsemen’ was one of the most popular films of its day. Released in 1940, it aided military recruitment and lifted national pride during World War II. Evidence of the film’s success can still be seen in the form of posters and other ephemera collected by institutions throughout Australia. In March 2013 ICS was contacted...