Tinytags provide environmental monitoring in local authority archives, recording temperature and humidity to help ensure the preservation of historic documents and artefacts. Recording conditions over time also helps ensure compliance with the requirements of the National Archives.
The Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre is a local
authority archive looking after diverse collections including petty
sessions records, parish records, workhouse, business records and
local authority archives spanning 800 years. The material stored is
mainly paper and parchment but there are also some photographs and
Medway Archives is required to keep the collections at a steady
temperature/humidity, and also required to show the National
Archives that records of these conditions have been kept over a
long period of time.
Ultra 2 temperature and relative humidity loggers are used to
monitor conditions in the strong-room. Readings are checked every
two weeks to spot any major fluctuations and identify what might be
causing any variation.
Alison Cable, the archivist for Medway Archives and Local
Studies Centre comments, "The Tinytags are unobtrusive, portable
and easy to use. The software is also easy to install
and use. The loggers cost-effectively meet my current monitoring
requirements, and the calibration service is quick and