Archival Framing at Chapman & Bailey


Original Artwork or collectables should wherever possible be framed using archival or conservation framing techniques, methods and materials.

Artworks or collectables that are framed using methods and materials that are not archival can be permanently damaged or devalued.

At Chapman & Bailey from the matt board we choose to mount your artwork with to our adhesion or mounting techniques, we use the best practices to conserve your artwork. This requires the use of ph. neutral materials and adhesives and protecting your artwork from contact with acidic or alkaline conditions.

Archival framing also focuses on allowing organic materials, ie. paper, fabrics, barks etc. room and freedom to contract and expand so they are not stressed by rigid binding or mounting and avoiding risk of the artwork or object tearing or splitting because the framing has restricted the art from being able to naturally expand or contract.

When framing archivally the processes used should be reversible. Meaning you can remove the artwork at a later date without causing stress or endangering the work. All glues, adhesives and mechanical mounting techniques should be reversible and removable.

Our first choice of matt board is Rising Museum board. Museum board is 100% cotton ph. neutral and is the first choice of Museums and conservators all over the world. Our second choice is Rising conservation board a ph. neutral cellulose board.

Chapman and Bailey can recommend and select uv filtering glasses and clear acrylics to protect artwork and collectables from the changes caused by UV light exposure.

Please let us provide our experience and expertise and ensure your artwork or collectable is not only presented in an aesthically appropriate frame, but it is preserved for many generations to enjoy.