Archives on shelf = peaceful. Archives in transit = hard work!

 

Move joy mezzanine

After

move before

Before!

Let’s start with a sign of the times. Do you remember the York Press article about the project that was out in the Autumn? The top picture is that of me standing in the mezzanine, pondering, surrounded my massive plan chests and towering stacks of plans of bridges. Well it’s now completely empty!

I think the slightly maniac expression on Joy’s face tells the story of that move! Part of that story includes our biggest plan chest, which must have actually been assembled on the mezzanine in the first place, as it didn’t fit through any of the doors. Here’s a pic of it being loaded onto the lorry after being taken apart and put together again, heading off to Deepstore.

move chest outside

So what about my end? Here’s what the strongroom looked like a week ago. These racks are far from ideal, only having 3 tiers, but are very strong which is really the main thing.

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On Monday my first delivery turned up as expected, and was loaded into the strongroom without fuss – this is a much more accessible building!

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This is what I was left with – pallets loaded with crates, filled with volumes. We’re using the crates for items that won’t fit into boxes. They have been kindly lent to us by the National Railway Museum, and are proving very useful. They are extremely heavy so I’ve had help putting them onto the bottom tier for now. Then I’ll have to unpack some because they take up a huge amount of space on my shelves in an inefficient way.

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I’ve taken delivery of about 80 crates, all the rest should now be archive boxes packed in roll cages. Much more manageable. I’m booked in to get 3 deliveries a fortnight, and will be busy in between unpacking. Next week I’ll start making myself a record of all the locations. Every item (whether a crate, box or wrapped single item) has been given a barcode. With the aid of a usb barcode reader and a spreadsheet I’ll be able to build a record of what is where – essential for the intellectual and physical control of the archive.

So that was our week, how about yours?

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2 thoughts on “Archives on shelf = peaceful. Archives in transit = hard work!

  1. Dear Justine

    Having written the Conservation Management and Maintenace Plan for York’s HLF bid I saw this space before. What a difference you’ve made! Congratulations. Keep up the hard work and I look forward to your future blogs.

    With warm regards

    Elizabeth

    Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan Msc, MIC, RMARA Consultant Archivist and Director

    Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan Associates 01939 234289/ 07719 609894 elizabeth@elizabethoc.co.uk

    From: “York: A City Making History” Reply-To: “York: A City Making History” Date: Friday, 3 May 2013 11:03 To: Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan Subject: [New post] Archives on shelf = peaceful. Archives in transit = hard work!

    WordPress.com JustineWB (Archivist) posted: ” Lets start with a sign of the times. Do you remember the York Press article about the project that was out in the Autumn? The top picture is that of me standing in the mezzanine, pondering, surrounded my massive plan chests and towering stacks of pla”

  2. Thanks Elizabeth! Full credit goes to Victoria and Joy, and Chloe, Ed and Phil. I’m just sorting things out at my end, they are doing all the processing and heavy lifting at the art gallery! It’s hard to imagine how good it will feel putting it all back into the new store at York Explore when it’s built and finished.

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