Textile storage cradle – a new solution to collections access

3 07 2013

Textile storage cradle - a new solution to collections access

Just for a change, I thought I’d look this week at some other aspects of our new building development – so here is some news of the work going on behind the scenes on the storage of our collections.

Our existing stores, containing the fine art, wallpaper and textile collections, are currently located in 11 different rooms across the first and lower ground floors – this means that every object movement (for exhibitions, loans or study purposes) has to be carefully planned, choreographed and resourced in both time and people. During the design stages of the building project our architects, MUMA worked closely with us to assess and rationalise our stores and the activities associated with the use of the collections. As a result, in the future we will have just 3 stores on the same level and close to each other, as well as being close to internal access routes, conservation workshops and study rooms.

Over the last two years, staff in my team (Collections Care & Access), have worked to improve current storage systems, to plan for the future and to produce a carefully considered storage brief. We have now appointed Rackline Limited, a specialist storage supplier and have been working closely with them to finalise a storage system that will house and protect all our collections. The photograph was taken yesterday of a prototype cradle for storing the 2000+ rolled textiles in our collection and will be a huge improvement in both care and access.

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4 07 2013
Andy Reed

The cradle sizes worked great. The 2nd prototype will be manufactured to suit the 2m rolls with modified handles.

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