Manuscripts Conservation

Arewa House has a well equipped conservation laboratory, Therefore,  each of our collections have undergone preliminary preservation stabilization with each folio being brush cleaned on both sides, individual manuscripts being housed in acid-free folders and then boxed. These boxes have been made from acid-free cardboards. Many folios have had pages mended, however, the majority of these manuscripts are in dire need of further conservation work


Arabic Manuscripts in Northern Nigeria are generally loose and unbound, which would likely be mixed up, with loss of some pages and usually in poor condition due to rough storage, heavy use climate and voracious insects. In Northern Nigeria, Arabic/Ajami Manuscripts Collections are widely dispersed in which there is a need for well-trained preservation and conservation officer for each collection. In this regard, the Arewa House established a paper conservation laboratory, and invited Ms Michelle Biddle from Wesleyan University, Middletown Connecticut US as its Consultant since 2008. Series of workshops on the subject followed till this time.