Polstore – Workshop, Workplace, Museum & Archive Storage Systems

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Polstore is exhibiting at the sold out event Museums Association One-Day Conference 'Open Up: Making more of Storage Collections'.

Following a successful one-day conference in spring 2016, the Museums Association is pleased to announce a new event on 10 December at the British Museum exploring new approaches to designing and utilising museum stores, and mobilising stored collections in sustainable and engaging ways.

The day addresses how museums can increase the accessibility and visibility of their stored collections, and how they can go about the task of storing born-digital artefacts, from archives to social media.

The day also looks at the challenges and opportunities of current capital storage projects and consider the future of museum storage in the light of the Mendoza review.

We are looking forward to meeting all the delegates so please and come and say hello.

We've just come back from a simple yet highly effective install for a London establishment in their basement store. Great feedback from our long standing client 'Excellent work! Very kind and efficient' signed by the Collections Manager.
When we went to survey they were looking to store small flat objects with varying depths. The key was to reduce the usable height to a bear minimum as their exisiting tray system had a lot of wasted space above the object. The 75mm & 100mm front height drawer were ideal as they pull out 100% extension, has a safe working load of 200 kg per drawer and can be partitioned out to give individual locations for each object. What we also suggested to save the client some money was to reuse the perfectly adequate existing worksurface rather than buying new from us. Sure our cabinets aren't cheap but they will last a lifetime so they were pleased with any saving suggestion.

One of our main assets is our attention to site detail and care when installing - we don't always get it right who does, but there are instances where expensive and embarrassing mistakes can be avoided by both us and the client.
Take for example the steel plan chest AO+, AO or A1 sizes - they are large bits of kit and this can catch you out. It so important when making decisions to ask yourself how am I going to get this lump into the building / room - off load, doors, steps, no lift, stairs, twists and turns - it is an installers nightmare.

Take a look at the pics - central london, 3 steps up, busy pedestrian route, shared building, narrow stairs down, small and untrustworthy lift, narrow doors - install AO plan chest OMG no chance!!!

Fortunately we called the client and asked a simple QUESTION: 'what is access like?' ANSWER: 'its pretty poor in fact terrible.' We only need to hear that and Polstore can then manufacture an AO steel plan chest delivered in knock down condition. No problem and no extra cost - well our installers cost. It will arrive built to avoid damage, we dismantle and reassemble in the location required.

We know this sounds obvious but actually you'll be surprised how often it's overlooked.

The ingenuity of our clients, never ceases to amaze us, especially when space and more importantly money becomes a deciding factor.

Take an up and coming London West End gallery, who approached us towards the end of last year to organise a storage and archive room for them. Without wishing to encroach on their gallery space, which effectively is their shop window to the world, the store size was reduced to the minimum.

Double skinned static picture racking (aka toast racks) featured heavily in the remit, along with an over sized plan chest with working area above. This allowed them to store a large quantity of paintings in a very efficient way, whilst offering the flexibility that they needed, to adjust for the size of painting, as their stock fluctuates. The units are also able to be easily dis-assembled & relocated, allowing them to move this equipment to a larger gallery as their business grows.

But where do you put all of those everyday commercial gallery essentials, that you need to run a gallery business? Why not put them in with the art, which is exactly what our client has done. The double skinned construction of the static picture racking (aka toast racks), which eliminates all sharp edges, allows all of those sundry, necessary items to sit next to your art inventory, without risk of damage to either of them.

We are given some real challenges - Archive in London basement level with access issues. Completed in 2 days this job included s special size plan chest, static picture racking (built above the plan chest), double skin shelving, cantilever shelving for rolled textiles and wall hung fixed mesh picture racking. This archive storage solution covered a wide collection from the renowned collector William Morris one of England's most inspiring designer. The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.