The ARA's Best Practice Guidelines are written by its members to provide advice and guidance to those responsible for managing or delivering archive services.

  • Preservation and Conservation Best Practice Guidelines

pdf Documentation for Preservation and Conservation 450.64 Kb

pdf Packaging Procedures 229.66 Kb  


Applying for Grants

This handout contains useful information in obtaining external funding and grant applications. 

pdf External Funding - Applying for Grants


Useful Funding Links

The National Archives

pdf Applying for grants - National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

Heritage Lottery Funding

Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust

Winston Churchill Memorial Trust

The National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies­ organisations


The fund for the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material

Clothworkers Foundation

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust 

Arts Council

Association of Charitable Foundations

CORDIS: Community Research and Development Information en. html

Directory of Social Change

New Opportunities Fund

Scottish Arts Council (Now Creative Scotland) Creative Scotland

UK Fundraising

Preservation Advisory Service 


  • Select page 2 (below) for a selection of conservation information downloads.


In this section we have conservation information from various presentations and workshops attended by our members that you may find useful.  


Calderdale Journal 1864-1919 presented by Richard Aitken. 

pdf Calderdale Journal 1864 article - Richard Aitken


Limp Parchment Structure presented by Flavio Marzo.

pdf Limp Parchment article 1 - Flavio Marzo



The dilemma facing many conservators in archive repositories is how to create clear targets and objectives for the collections in their care.  Read on......

doc Surveys.doc - The Preservation Advisory Centre's Preservation Assessment Survey


The Evolution of Large Document Repair presented by Rachel Marsh.

pdf The Evolution of Large Document Repair


The RHS Reeves Collection of Chinese Botanical Drawings presented by Kate Bailey.

pdf The RHS Reeves Collection of Chinese Botanical Drawings


The Visible-Spine Phase Box presented by Alessandro Scola.

pdf Visible-Spine Phase-Box


Trouble at Mill - West Yorksire Archive Service.

pdf Trouble at Mill


Treatment of Vinegar Syndrome presented by Iwan Bryn James.

pdf Conservation of Cellulose Diacetate Negatives (Vinegar Syndrome) at the National Library of Wales


Workshop on European Bookbinding written by Mark Allen.

pdf Workshop on European Bookbinding