The archive code

Important: care for our heritage

Use a pencilManuscript material, drawings and original architect's plans are unique. Also early printed material including engraved maps and views may be rare or unique, because the rate of survival is poor. Therefore every care must be taken in preserving them for the use of future generations. All record offices and private archives expect users to obey a code of practice:

The National Archives provides an illustrated online guide How to handle documents with specific advice on handling different categories of document and image.