Plan of the Parish of Newington in the county of Kent
Rolled tithe map printed on paper, lined with linen. 1305mm W by 1920mm H. With twenty two handwritten vellum sheets sewn to the top edge with ribbon, and the remains of a seal.
This map has sustained heavy damage and loss from being rolled, and getting wet. There are many large losses to areas of paper and severe tears across the entire surface. There is a water staining, mould and rust.
Two of the vellum sheets have large losses.
The paper was surface cleaned and dry mould removed. The tears were repaired with Bib Tengu-jo, Tengujo and infilled with Faulkiner’s age compatible paper, using wheat starch paste.
The paper was lined with Aero linen and edged with linen tape.
The vellum was infilled with buffered repair parchment and supported with gold beaters skin, using a gelatin adhesive.
The rust was tested to establish removal perimeters and costs. There were some projected solubility issues with nearby ink, so a decision was made to leave the rust removal to a later separate project. The rust was stabilized with gelatin.
A bespoke storage box was made by hand, and a bespoke double roll handling system created.[ case-study-gallery]