Preserving the ss Great Britain archive in Bristol - video report
For visitors it's the great ship herself which is the main attraction, most are unaware of the vast archive of maritime maps, drawings and diagrams held on site at the Brunel Institution, which charts the UK's rich naval history.
The archive, which includes original drawings and designs by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, is under constant threat from potential insect infestations and the general ravages of time.
Vigilance is the key, according to the curator Eleni Papavasileiou, and she explains how they have to carefully asses and treat any new additions donated to the collection to ensure the archive is not cross contaminated. The hard work has been worth it and the unique collection is safe from any infestations.
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The ss Great Britain has launched Conservation in Action sessions every Friday lunchtime which invites visitors to go behind the scenes and learn how the museum protects this unique archive.