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Innovations in Sealed Packages: Hugh Phibbs’ Presentation Crib Sheet

By Hugh Phibbs, preservation consultant, and Dr. Jennifer Booth, Tru Vue Fine Art and Museum Business Manager

Included within the document link below are notes from Hugh Phibbs talk, “Reconsiderations; enclosing to create a better preservation environment” at the Innovations in Sealed Packages event hosted by Tru Vue and John Jones, June 2015.


At this event, and the museum and gallery visits arranged by Tru Vue surrounding it, Hugh mentioned many different materials that he recommends for use in creating a simple but effective sealed package. Some of these materials are well known to the preservation community, others less so. The materials table below includes an image of each material, the name used by Hugh within his talks, any other names that the material might be known by, important notes for use, and potential suppliers. Where possible, suppliers who are based in, or will deliver to, the UK and Europe have been included. However, some materials appear to currently only be available in the US. If this is the case the suggestion would be to contact the US supplier to see who they recommend internationally. The suppliers listed are by no means an exhaustive list and there may be others not included within this table. Please contact the suppliers for more information on availability, pricing, and test performance of materials presented. Below the materials table are a few images to demonstrate making a sealed package with either hot melt adhesive or ATG tape, as shown by Hugh.


There were two topics in relation to Tru Vue materials that were raised at the majority of talks and events. The first was when to use laminated glass in a sealed package and when to use acrylic. To aid in this decision a table of glass and acrylic pros and cons has been included. The second topic was the anti-static nature of Tru Vue’s Optium Museum Acrylic®. A chart comparing the conductivity of a variety of glazing materials has also been included.


Hugh Phibbs is happy to answer questions or discuss ideas relating to this topic and can be reached at


Dr. Jennifer Booth, Tru Vue’s Fine Art and Museums Business Manager can be reached at


Click to download the Crib Sheet

This article is intended for educational purposes only and does not replace independent professional judgment. Statements of fact and opinions expressed are those of the author(s) individually and, unless expressly stated to the contrary, are not the opinion or position of Tru Vue or its employees. Tru Vue does not endorse or approve, and assumes no responsibility for, the content, accuracy or completeness of the information presented.

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