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Protecting and organizing a museum’s conservation supplies

Museum conservators and archivists are responsible for creating safe preservation environments for the items entrusted to their care. Their work requires a variety of supplies, which they use to construct custom boxes and protective mounts, organize historic records, and perform other conservation tasks. Because conservation supplies are often purchased in bulk, museums need effective ways to store large quantities of oversized materials. Storage areas need to be conveniently located to allow staff to access supplies and the areas should be kept organized to protect the museum’s investment in high-quality materials.

Staff at the museum pictured above worked with their local Spacesaver consultant to design a supply storage area adjacent to the conservators’ workspace, with the goal of keeping supplies organized and close at hand. They needed space for large pieces of foam and archival paperboard as well as pre-constructed archival boxes, rolled foam, and other supplies. They also wanted part of the storage area to be lockable.

They chose Spacesaver’s RaptorRAC® Widespan Shelving for its spacious dimensions, durability, and configurability. Two sets of tall locking doors were fitted to 4-Post shelving inside one of the openings, creating secure “cabinets” within the RaptorRAC framework. In another section, shelves were fitted with long rods to provide convenient storage for large pieces of foam and paperboard.

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