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Solving Shrophire’s Storage Requirements

How often do you get the opportunity to solve a storage solution on your own doorstep, not often…however over the last few months we have been very lucky to successfully bid, win and install two storage systems into our local area – and we’ve very proud of it too.

Shropshire Archive:

Shropshire Archives is the archives and local studies service for the historical county of Shropshire, which includes the borough of Telford and Wrekin. The function of Shropshire Archives is to preserve and make accessible documents, books, maps, plans and drawings related to Shropshire’s past and present. Shropshire Council maintains an offsite combined museum and archives records management store, located in Hortonwood, Telford.

Shropshire County Council needed to rehouse their archives within the new records management store. Thisincluded constructing a purpose built pod within the store to the standards of PD5454:2012 to ensure a suitable environment for the valuable records and artefacts within the archive. The system design also needed future proofing to be able to cater for up to 10 years’ worth of growth – no mean feat indeed.

Link 51’s efficient design and competitive tender won the contract. By using a combination of static and mobile Stormor shelving we were able to accommodate all the archives as well as the 10 years expansion. To make the system easier to navigate, the older archival material was coloured with red end panels and the more current records were coloured in blue to aid fast retrieval

“ In overall terms, we are thoroughly satisfied with the service and the product and we are delighted to have worked with Link 51 on this project” said Dale Pitt, Records Manager


Shrewsbury Museum:

The new Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery occupies the town’s old Music Hall – an extraordinary complex of buildings featuring a rare and medieval stone mansion that is the only one of its kind in the region.

ISG, Prime Contractors for the museum refurbishment, invited Link 51 to enter the tender process for a mobile racking solution for the museums basement exhibit storage facility and racking for the archival storage of pictures, housed in a separate room. Once again Link 51 proved successful and provided a combination of mobile and static shelving in the basement to fully utilise the space and picture racking in the separate room to accommodate the museums’ art collection.

“For Link 51 to provide the range of storage in our basement facility that they did, was a feat in itself given the space confines, I was very impressed with Link 51’s approach to this project” commented Emma-Kate Layton, Team Leader (Collections and Curatorial Services).

This is just an overview of two new case studies we have prepared based on recent installations. Our case studies provide further information on the client, their requirements and the solutions we have provided.

To receive a copy of the new case study, please email me – shelflife@link51.co.uk

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