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Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre

Rackline store the BS5454 way

A new facility in Cocklebury Road, Chippenham was opened in 2007 for the Wiltshire and Swindon Record Office, following the decision by the National Archives that the previous accommodation of an old mattress factory was not suitable as a place of deposit for irreplaceable archives. The new premises includes a state of the art facility for the county’s and borough’s records but accommodates material from the five other key heritage services; the local studies library, the archaeology service, Wiltshire buildings record, museum service and the conservation service, and more recently the Heritage and Arts, the Victoria County History for Wiltshire and part of the Registration Service.

The Brief:

Rackline used their experience with BS5454 to design a system that would adhere to the archive requirements including ensuring the air flow throughout the system by raising the bottom levels 150mm above the floor and ensuring the system was away from the external walls. Rackline created a bespoke solution for many of the articles and labelled them clearly on the drawing to identify their location, for example Rackline developed a unique map storage system that would allow maps to be taken from their hanging location, use and replace. In order to maximise capacity all storage was mounted onto mobile bases (wherever possible), all top opening and side opening plan chests were mounted onto mobile bases together with 1200 bays of Profile shelving. In total Rackline provided storage for all the various media and over 41000 box spaces which included 20 years expansion of 30% - equating to approximately 10 miles of shelving!

The Solution:

Rackline used their experience with BS5454 to design a system that would adhere to the archive requirements including ensuring the air flow throughout the system by raising the bottom levels 150mm above the floor and ensuring the system was away from the external walls. Rackline created a bespoke solution for many of the articles and labelled them clearly on the drawing to identify their location, for example Rackline developed a unique map storage system that would allow maps to be taken from their hanging location, use and replace. In order to maximise capacity all storage was mounted onto mobile bases (wherever possible), all top opening and side opening plan chests were mounted onto mobile bases together with 1200 bays of Profile shelving. In total Rackline provided storage for all the various media and over 41000 box spaces which included 20 years expansion of 30% - equating to approximately 10 miles of shelving!

“The bespoke system provided by Rackline was extremely well designed allowing our wide range of products to be stored in a logical manner. The area was maximised to its full potential allowing us 20 years of expansion” Claire Skinner, Principal Archivist.tion/xa

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