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THE Natural History Museum has awarded a North Staffordshire storage manufacturer a £60,000 contract.

Talke-based Rackline is providing archive storage for the world-renowned London museum, pictured

The company, which employs 60 people, is to install 300 bays of shelving to create more capacity at the museum, beginning in January 2012.

Rackline sales manager Hilary Prendaglia said: “We are working towards the brief of maximising the space available, so we are supplying the museum with our mobile storage units and chests to store its plans.

“The area we will be working in is a very unusual shape, which our storage solutions are ideal for as they maximise the capacity on any area of space available.

“We have worked for the museum previously, providing our Multitrak mobile carriages for six floors of the building and they were delighted with the systems we installed.”

Rackline won the competitive tender via a Government Procurement Service contract. Its storage systems have already been installed in a variety of museums including London’s National Maritime Museum, Dacorum Heritage Museum in Hertfordshire and the Tank Museum in Dorset.

The Natural History Museum is home to some 70 million items and is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons. Contracts manager Bob Oldfield said: “The museum is very pleased to be working with Rackline. We chose to go with them as they listened to our needs, offered the ideal solution to maximise capacity and more importantly in this current climate, they have provided us with a value for money service.”