Libraries & Archives
Our involvement with library and archives using market leading environmental monitoring systems has been invaluable to curators that dedicate their time to the preservation and conservation of organic materials.
Temperature & Humidity
Hygroscopic materials such as paper, parchment, papyrus, leather and bookbinding adhesives
Materials (as above) within libraries and archives already contain moisture and are therefore highly sensitive to drying out. In high relative humidity conditions moulds thrive and appear in circular patches with a fluffy composition and produce acidic chemicals that cause further deterioration processes.
Our temperature and humidity recorder range of Hanwell data loggers and radio transmitters are well established and are already in use within many libraries and archives as a reliable solution to monitoring these environments. The ML4106 and ML4114 radio transmitters provide users with accurate tools to wirelessly monitor temperature and humidity levels together. This recorded data can be used not only for alarms and historical data analysis, but also to control humidifier or dehumidifier units as and when levels drift outside predetermined parameters, providing a complete solution to temperature and humidity management.
Light & UV
Pigments such as inks, paper and other organic substances
Ultraviolet light within the sun ray or florescent light produces oxidation of cellulose. This reaction causes fading of papers and ink as well as further chemical reactions that can turn paper yellow or brown and separate fibres.
Hanwell products provide professionals the tools to measure the levels of LUX and UV content of light and assist in determining if too much light and UV is exposed for too long.
Our range of light measurement units such as; the ML4000LUX/UV series data loggers and radio transmitters can record both light and/or UV levels within an area, helping conservators for archives and libraries to ensure the correct levels of light are being maintained.
Organic materials such as paper, leather, parchment, glue and gum of bookbinding
A common problem within libraries and archives comes from irreparable loss or damage to books resulting from an attack of insect pests. This could be as a result of dust build up or transmitted from other infested items. Termites, Silverfish, Booklice and others are all responsible for feeding on the organic materials as mentioned above.
The Hanwell AnoxiBug system is a cost-effective anoxia treatment that staff can use with ease when an infestation occurs. The infested items are placed within an aluminium packet with an oxygen indicator. When the bag has been sealed the oxygen level are lowered to such a point that all insects perish. The bag and indicator can be reused for other items.
Airflow & Wind
Hallways, stairwells and other wind traps close to exits or even open areas
The external corrosion on archives and libraries caused by the wind force of rain, pollutants, and debris can have detrimental effects on the condition of the external building walls, potentially leading to internal damp and potential mold growth.
Whilst the Hanwell Pro Air-flow series can be used internally, the RL2000 can also be used on the same system for external wind speed and direction measuring wind, speed, precipitation, barometric pressure, temperature, and humidity.
Monitoring parameters within critical areas like these can prevent further damage and assist with preservation processes.
Latest Case Study
Relative Humidity Monitoring at Ulster American Folk Park
Located in wetter parts of Northern Ireland, the challenge was to reduce relative humidity levels to avoid damage to collections.Find out more