Wroughton Airfield in Wiltshire is home to The Science Museum Group. There they store science, engineering, transport and agricultural historical artefacts in seven large aircraft hangars.
The group holds everything from large and unusually shaped objects, to fine artworks and paper records. As is common with many historical storage centres, some of these items are delicate or sensitive to light, heat and moisture, so finding exactly the right storage solutions for each one is vital in order to prevent deterioration.
Link 51 was asked to provide shelving and storage solutions for new section of the facility called the Hemcrete® Museum Store. This building consisted of six rooms, spread across three floors and was home to a mixture of large objects, including horse-drawn carriages and ship models contained in crates, and smaller items like artwork and archives from the National Railway Museum’s collections.
Given these varied requirements, The Science Museum drew up some detailed storage specifications and Link 51 was able to send along one of our experts completely free of charge for an onsite survey and space planning service. This allowed them to provide the most space and cost efficient solution possible.
Link 51 installed 94 double sided picture racks of various sizes to house the fine art collection. Each rack allowed for vertical adjustment of the items being stored, with the total capacity coming to 1652 square metres.
They also provided shelving in some of the facility’s smaller rooms, including Stormor mobile and static shelving for archive storage in conservation-grade boxes.
By working with Link 51, The Science Museum Group enjoyed a series of benefits, including:
- Excellent UK manufacturing quality
- Storage solutions completely tailored to their needs
- Extensive experience of storage solutions within the museum and heritage sector
- Project management expertise, for delivery and installation at the right time
- Extremely thorough storage product knowledge
- UK manufacturing