It’s not everyday that you get an MBE to frame. This was a very precious document for the family whose father had recently passed away.

The certificate itself (see photo) is a very plain document indeed and requires the framing to create a prestigious look. The suede mount boards are a good start as they are rich in colour and texture and are made to conservation standard. To the red window mount bevel I added a gold slip to edge the certificate and tie in with the red and gold-distressed finish of the frame. The certificate was mounted in such a way that it could be taken out again in the future if needs be in the same condition as it went in. i.e. no damaging adhesives were applied to it. See photo. Museum 100%cotton rag board was used for the undermount meaning the best protection with no acids present to leach into the paper document.

The all important glazing to add the ultimate protection for a document such as this was museum glass, 99% UV protective, anti reflective and crystal clear clarity. The whole framing package was sealed before placing in the frame to protect against insects and other environmental pollutants.

A complete transformation with the ultimate protection ensures the family will be able to treasure this very special piece of memorabilia for years to come. Framing like this is at the top end of a qualified framers knowledge and skills which although comes at a cost is the best way for documents such as this.