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  • Gloves should be worn at all times when consulting photographic materials- we suggest nitrile gloves. The natural oils in your skin will damage the image.
  • Items should be handled one at a time and by the edges only.
  • All loose photographic items on paper should be stored in polyester sleeves. Photos can then be stored in acid free folders. A wide range of sizes of photographic sleeves and acid free storage folders is available from Cheshire Archives and Local Studies.
  • Photographs in non-archival quality albums (coloured pages, PVC enclosures etc) should be removed, kept in order and put into an acid free album using acid free photo corners.
  • If you have other types of photographic material, e.g. on glass or tin, contact the Conservation Team at Cheshire Archives and Local Studies for advice on their storage needs.