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Conserving the map of Stornoway (Western Isles, Scotland) by James Chapman, ca. 1800
The Stornoway map is one of a group belonging to Stornoway Public Library, which were sent to the National Library of Scotland (NLS) in 2017 for digitisation. However, the map could not initially be digitised due to its poor condition. It had been heavily conserved in the past, leaving the paper stained, skinned and distorted, with many large cracks, tears and losses. It had also been entirely covered in cellulose acetate lamination, making its surface very glossy. With funding from the Aurelius Trust, the NLS was able to undertake the conservation work necessary for digitisation, and the conservation project began in September 2018.
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