Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Archives News: July 2008

During July the Archives and Collections team began to move items into our new storage areas. Three new stores have been created as part of The School’s Mackintosh Conservation and Access Project. These areas have been specially designed to accommodate the wide range of storage needs our archives require. One store has been fitted with compact roller shelving to house paper and photographic archives and with drawers to hold our glass plate negative collection. Another store contains plan chests, also on roller bases, providing high density storage for our collections of architectural drawings, posters and outsize paper items. Our final store houses wide span shelving and a hanging system for housing our boxed and rolled textiles respectively. All of these areas have been fitted with climate control and environmental monitoring equipment, ensuring they provide first-class storage conditions for the ongoing preservation of our collections. The stores are located in close proximity to our new reading room (due to open in Autumn 2008), allowing for easy access to items requested by visitors. More information on the launch of our new reading room facilities will appear here in the near future.

Archives News is a monthly update on what's been happening with The Glasgow School of Art's archive collections.