The project required the relocation of thousands of rare and historically important books, as well as maps, newspapers, theatre playbills, records, family papers, illustrations, 100,000 photographs and, among other important local collections, the letters of pioneering aviator Amy Johnson and the papers of the poet Philip Larkin.
Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £7.7m and another £3m of matched funding, the new building has 13 linear km of atmospherically controlled storage space. It was crucial Hull History Centre chose a relocation provider with the right credentials to plan and execute this specialist move.
The project, which was seven months in the planning and execution, required the specialist handling and relocation of a wide range of historical and unique documents, using proven methodologies for packing, indexing and relocating maps, plans, charts, large books, bound newspapers, many fragile collections as well as the Archive’s own files and card index systems.
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We were very pleased with Restore Harrow Green and the competitively priced service they provided. I have no hesitation in recommending them to colleagues in the sector.
Martin Taylor - City Archivist
Hull History Centre Relocation Project
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