Keeping your archives safe for future generations

During a recent visit to a relative we were busy comparing photographs when she said “I know I shouldn’t keep them in this plastic wallet”.  Well that remark got me thinking.

I have spent over 25 years looking after the family archive including some very precious items. Thinking about all my documents and photos I realised that although they were residing in some pretty boxes – acid free they were not.  When I got home I resolved to change their ‘living’ conditions.

After researching on the internet I found a company called G. Ryder. The products I ordered were as follows.

Premium Archival Acid Free Wire Stitch Storage Box A4 – £5.82 inc VAT
These boxes are grey so if they are having to be kept on shelving the colour fits with most decor.  The slightly cheaper buff coloured boxes are very strong but not completely acid free. I really like the full depth lid – much more difficult for the contents to spill or be readily available to inquisitive fingers if you have grandchildren.

These boxes are almost a perfect fit for the IKEA Kallax range


Acid Free Storage Box Wire Stitchin their clearance line £3 including VAT
These boxes are quite square and I have found them useful for diaries, tickets, A5 programmes, There are only 9 left in stock so if you fancy one of these best to order asap.

Acid Free Wallets – in their clearance line – £0.90p including VAT (with postage work out approx £1.40 each)
These are dark grey folders which I have found very useful for holding quite a few documents. I also ordered some of the envelope style wallets but found that they only held one or two sheets safely.

Still have quite a bit of work to do sorting through notes and documents but I am definitely on a mission now.

Another big plus of the visit to Lynne was the discovery of a Christmas card sent to her Grandma from my Grandpa and Grandma.  As soon as I saw it I realised it had a hand painted cover done by my Grandpa.  She very kindly gave the card too me. Something else to treasure – how wonderful.



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