Collections Re-storage Project
Historic Scotland's reserve collection store had a mixture of archaeology, arms and armour, artwork, social history objects and site equipment in storage.
There was extra racking and storage units required as some of the collections were on the floor, or in unsuitable storage and so, at risk of damage.
Some items were un-catalogued, or un-marked with accession numbers.
Some items were dirty or dusty and required increased protection.
Staff work areas required additional work spaces for packing, computer data entry and photography.
Work Carried Out:
New racking was purchased and the excess bulk archaeology and other objects moved off the floor and onto this instead.
New bay, shelf and location numbers were added to these new areas and all objects locations were recorded on an electronic database.
Labelling on many boxes was improved with additional accession and location data and thumbnail images of contents, for ease of access.
Some of the larger arms and armour items, such as pole arms required bespoke racking and cantilever shelving with padded brackets was built to accommodate these.
Flat artwork was now placed in plan chests to improve storage and access.
Delicate items on open storage were cleaned of any dust and dirt and covered with appropriate covers to protect in the future.
A new staff area was set up incorporating desk with PC and printer; tables for packing and storage; photography table; flammables cabinet containing solvents and other cleaning materials.