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Relocating Gwent Archives

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The Challenge:

Pack thousands of individual items in strict sequential order for transportation and relocation in exactly the right place in the new storage facility. Secure relocation of the archives’ unique collection of books, paper documents and parchment ranging from the 12th century to the present day.

The Project:

  • In the case of Gwent Archives, Restore Harrow Green worked with the client’s own barcode identification system.
  • All data was exported to create an instant location database so movement of items could be tracked throughout the relocation.

Our Solution:

  • Every item was scanned, along with its original shelf position, and scanned in again at the final location in the new premises.
  • Special procedures were put in place during transit, as in all archive, library and museums moves, to ensure maximum security and safety for the collection.

The County Archivist was very happy with the result.

Restore Harrow Green works from regional offices, combining a nationwide service with local knowledge. Expert teams, strategically located in Avonmouth, are committed to supporting organisations and businesses in Bristol and the Southwest, the M4 corridor and South Wales.

The art of planning a complex sequential move is to ensure complete
traceability of every box and each item at every stage of the move, in and out
of buildings, on and off shelves.

Stephen Noake, Relocation consultant, Restore Harrow Green

No material was left outside secure storage areas, either
in the original loading areas or at the final
destination, out of unsupervised hours.

Stuart Fitton, commercial manager for Restore Harrow Green in the southwest

Project Details


Gwent Archives

Gwent, Wales

What We Did:

  • Carried out the sequential move of 7km of archival material to a new home
  • Special procedures were put in place during transit
  • Ensure maximum security and safety for the collection
  • Data was exported to create an instant location database

Client Feedback

Restore Harrow Green were appointed on the strength of their experience of similar projects and their competitive pricing. They proved to be a great team of people who managed the sequential move efficiently over a tight six-week schedule.

Gwent Archives
Relocating Gwent Archives Project