Kirkleatham Museum is the local history museum for the Borough of Redcar & Cleveland. It was opened on 5th October 1981.
The Museum has a large number of collections reflecting the diversity of life in the area with objects representing subjects such as farming, trades, crafts, industries, domestic life local government, childhood, fashion, transport and maritime history. Changes in the landscape are recorded through maps, prints, drawings, painting and large comprehensive photographic collection. With a growing collection and the museum showing only a small part of it’s collection at any one time, the items not on display needed to be stored sympathetically, but with space at a minimum it also need to be stored effectively.
In consultation with the client Rackline selected Prospan static shelving. Prospan is a flexible post system that can be used to accommodate the significant heights in environments with high ceilings. The Prospan shelving installed was 2775mm high with depths of 600mm and 1200mm. 600mm bays were used with a mixture of plain shelves and hanging rails, the hanging rails were used to store the large array of costumes (stored in cloth bags) with hats and shoes stored in boxes above. 1200mm wide bays were used to store large objects and assorted paintings. Other items such as geological specimens and natural history specimens including mammals and birds were used on the 600mm wide and 1200mm wide shelves as appropriate. All bays were mounted onto Multitrak mobile bases complete with in-fill floor to allow complete accessibility and the potential for future expansion.
“Our collection is enormous and growing daily. The items we exhibit are as diverse as hat boxes to a double decker bus. A major concern for us was our irreplaceable costume collection which as you can image is fragile and needs to be stored safely and efficiently at all times. Rackline delivered a solution that addressed all our concerns and created additional storage that enabled us to reference and catalogue more than we expected” Alan Pearce, Museum Curator