Acid-free Storage Materials

To minimise the long term deterioration of photographs, certificates, documents and even CDs/DVDs, a number of basic preventive measures should be observed:

• Acid-free archival materials should be used for the storage and protection of documents.

• Store documents flat and unfolded.

• Wash your hands (to remove grease from skin) before handling documents.

• Historic and fragile documents should be handled with protective gloves because grease and moisture present on skin may be acidic.

• Store documents and CDs/DVDs away from sources of heat and ultra violet light (ie: daylight and fluorescent lighting). In other words, store documents in a dark, dry place at room temperature.

• Although more difficult in the average home, try to store documents at a constant temperature and humidity.

• Obvious storage locations to avoid are: bathrooms, kitchens, conservatories, airing cupboards and uninhabitable locations such as attics, basements and out-buildings.

• Keep duplicate copies of CDs/DVDs and periodically test their integrity.

• Only handle CDs and DVDs by their edges or centre hole. Do not mark or scratch the label or silver surfaces. Never write on the label surface with a pencil, ball point pen or other hard tipped marker. Specially formulated markers are available for labelling CDs and DVDs.

• Do not use staples, paper clips, elastic bands or adhesive tapes.

• Storing documents in transparent Polypockets allows them to be viewed without being handled.

To help protect your documents, we sell a range of acid-free storage materials which are available from our Research Room and at our monthly meetings (at BAWA). We do not sell storage materials by mail order.


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Album Ring Binder (quality range)

£9.00 each (not available by mail order)

A quality A4 album with heavily grained and padded covers. Suitable for use with the C1 through C20 and CD range of Polypockets (shown elsewhere on this webpage). Available in the following colours: Burgundy, Cedar Green, Dark Blue and Charcoal Black.


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Album Ring Binder (value range)

£2.50 each (not available by mail order)

An A4 economy album with plain, unpadded covers. Suitable for use with the C1 through C20 and CD range of Polypockets (shown elsewhere on this webpage).


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C1 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page comprising of 1 pocket, measuring approximately 300 x 220mm (11.75 x 8.4 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of larger documents and photographs.


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C2 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided horizontally into 2 pockets, each measuring approximately 215 x 145mm (8.5 x 5.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of medium sized photographs, postcards and documents.


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C3 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided horizonatally into 3 pockets, each measuring approximately 215 x 95mm (8.5 x 3.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small photographs, bank notes and cheques.


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C2v Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided vertically into 2 pockets, each measuring approximately 300 x 105mm (11.5 x 4.1 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of newspaper cuttings etc.


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C3v Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided vertically into 3 pockets, each measuring approximately 300 x 70mm (11.5 x 2.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of bookmarks and newspaper cuttings.


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C4 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 4 pockets, each measuring approximately 105 x 145mm (4.1 x 5.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small items such as photographs, postcards and newspaper cuttings.


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C6 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 6 pockets, each measuring approximately 105 x 95mm (4.1 x 3.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small items such as photographs, newspaper cuttings and cigarette cards.


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C8 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 8 pockets, each measuring approximately 105 x 70mm (4.1 x 2.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small items such as cigarette cards and newspaper cuttings.


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C9 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 9 pockets, each measuring approximately 70 x 95mm (3.75 x 2.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small items such as cigarette cards and newspaper cuttings.


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C12 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 12 pockets, each measuring approximately 50 x 95mm (2 x 3.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small items such as cigarette cards.


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C15 Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 15 pockets, each measuring approximately 40 x 95mm (1.75 x 3.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small items of memorabilia.


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CD Polypocket

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 4 pockets. Consisting of 2 CD pockets each measuring approximately 120 x 120mm (4.75 x 4.75 inches) and 2 smaller pockets each measuring approximately 80 x 120mm (3.25 x 4.75 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Will hold two CDs and two smaller items such as index cards, cigarette cards or newspaper cuttings.


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C20 Polypocket 

50p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page divided into an array of 20 pockets, each measuring approximately 50 x 50mm (2 x 2 inches). For use with the A4 album ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of small items of memorabilia.


A4 Permanent Paper

£1.80 per pack of 25 sheets (not available by mail order)

An acid and alkaline free (neutral pH) 90gm A4 paper. Will fit inside the C1 Polypockets (shown elsewhere on this webpage). Suitable for both hand written and printed records. Can be used with inkjet and laser printers. Sold in packs of 25 sheets.


A4 Insert Card

20p per sheet (not available by mail order)

An acid free white card measuring approximately 300 x 210mm (15.5 x 8.25 inches). Will fit inside the C1 Polypockets (shown elsewhere on this webpage). Suitable for mounting small objects and photographs. Can also be printed.


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Certificate Ringer Binder (deluxe quality)

£14.25 each (not available by mail order)

A deluxe quality certificate ring binder with heavily grained and padded covers. Suitable for use with the certificate Polypockets (shown elsewhere on this webpage). Available in the following colours: Burgundy, Cedar Green, Dark Blue and Charcoal Black.


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Certificate Ring Binder (standard quality)

£11.00 each (not available by mail order)

A standard quality certificate ring binder with plain, unpadded covers. Suitable for use with the certificate Polypockets (shown elsewhere on this webpage). Available in green.


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Certificate Polypocket

55p each (not available by mail order)

An acid-free transparent polypropylene album page comprising of 1 pocket, measuring approximately 400 x 240mm (15.5 x 9 inches). For use with the certificate ring binder shown elsewhere on this webpage. Suitable for the long term storage of unfolded certificates.


Certificate Insert Card

30p per sheet (not available by mail order)

An acid free white card measuring approximately 400 x 240mm (15.5 x 9 inches). Will fit inside the certificate Polypockets (shown elsewhere on this webpage). Suitable for mounting small objects and photographs. Can also be printed.


Certificate Ring Binder Divider

£3.45 per set (not available by mail order) 

A set of 5 tabbed dividers manufactured from acid free cream coloured card. For use with the certificate sized Polypockets and binders (shown elsewhere on this webpage). For segregating certificate Polypockets into different categories (such as births, marriages etc).


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Millennium Pen

£2.50 each pen (not available by mail order)

A marker pen with a tip size of 0.5mm (fine). Containing an acid free, pure pigment black ink of archival quality. When dry, the ink is light-fast, waterproof, fade-proof, non-bleeding, odourless and smear-proof.


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2 Way Glue

£2.50 each pen (not available by mail order)

A glue pen with a 5mm chisel tip containing 10g of acid-free adhesive. Can be used to provide a permanent or temporary bond. For a permanent bond, use immediatley after application (whilst the adhesive is blue). For a temporary bond, apply lightly and use after the adhesive has become tacky (when the adhesive becomes clear).


V Mounts

£4.20 per pack (not available by mail order)

Acid-free strips for mounting photographs. The strips are approximately 200mm (8 inches) long and may be cut to fit. Photographs may be subsequently removed from the mount. Sold in packs of 6 strips.


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Birth Year from Census Date Calculator

£1.75 each (not available by mail order)

A laminated chart to determine the possible year of birth from the age given on any UK census from 1841 to 1901.


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10 Generation Relationship Chart

£1.75 each (not available by mail order)

A laminated chart to determine the relationship between two people using the "common ancestor method".