DUDLEY ARCHIVES, UK
Shelves were tailored to the collection to minimise wasted space, with wide shelves for newspaper files and shorter spans for the smaller photography boxes. Deep shelving was created by putting cabinets back to back, to fit rolled maps above with shallow drawers below for the safe storage of flat maps. Fixed cantilever shelving was added along one wall, near the entrance, to hold oversized maps. All three strongrooms are climate controlled to BS 4971:2017 standard with one of the three kept colder with lower humidity for the audio video repository. Perforated steel uprights were specified throughout, to improve airflow. Bruynzeel supplied a total of 8,500 linear metres of shelving, and fitted tracks in the fourth unused strongroom to allow for expansion, should additional shelving be purchased in future.
“Overall we’re happy with the shelving. It’s helped provide better environment for the collection in archival conditions and it’s much faster and easier to access in terms of getting items off the shelves,” said Helen Donald.