Heritage & Specialist Storage
The NCS (The National Conservation Service) Collaborative Storage Scheme is a unique and innovative new service aimed at supporting heritage organisations to have sustainable and very high quality storage space at very low cost.
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Following a detailed and lengthy consultation and competition, supported by over 50 archives, libraries and museums, our site at Upper Heyford was selected as the location which could meet the strict criteria set by the consultative group.
A single very low rate for storage per cubic metre per annum has been agreed, regardless of quantity or length of term required, with environmental, security, fire and flood protection and building qualities that meet PD5454:2012, and unparalleled flexible contract terms.
The site re-uses massive, bomb-proof, thermally inert historic structures with very low energy needs. Uplift of packaged material from institutions' sites to the store can be undertaken free of charge for some collection types. A retrieval service is available to meet institutions' needs, along with state-of-the-art location control and online institutional access for tracking and requesting material.
NCS acts for the heritage organisation, monitoring the quality of conditions at the store and advising institutions on their collection's needs before moving to the site. A new suite of conservation, digitisation and project services and spaces is being set up at the site, along with rooms for archivists, curators and librarians to come to the site to work on their collections when they need to.
Heritage collections have started pouring into our specially developed aircraft hangar in the historic Upper Heyford RAF base. The heritage storage scheme, designed especially for library, museum and heritage collections, has attracted the attention of the BBC, who visited the site to tell the tale of this unique project.
Climate controlled storage
We have invested in fitting bespoke 'air-handling' machinery which is combined with the latest generation Desiccant machines to maintain specific temperature controlled storage vaults within the temperature and humidity guidelines of PD-5454:2012. Fire protection complies with BS.5839.
Please contact us to learn more about our Heritage Storage Scheme.