It provides high level guidance on the preservation and life cycle management of all materials in the Library’s collections to help ensure the authenticity, reliability and long-term accessibility of that material. The policy does not currently include material acquired by Public Programmes for potential display within Wellcome Collection.
The policy sets out a broad framework for the processes and means within which consistent and replicable activities can be applied with the aim of providing an audited record that supports the validity and authenticity of the material.
This policy also sets out the Library’s commitment to the life cycle management of the materials in its collections. Specific guidelines and procedures for each stage will be developed and reviewed as technology changes or other needs arise. The possession of a formal preservation policy is a checklist criteria for being awarded ‘Designated Status’ by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
The policy contains three parts that cover general statements, the management of physical materials and the management of digital materials.
The policy can be read in PDF format: