The NCS Collaborative Storage Scheme is a unique and innovative service aimed at supporting heritage organisations to have sustainable and very high quality storage space at very low cost. Following a detailed and lengthy consultation and competition, supported by over 50 archives, libraries and museums, a provider (Restore, the largest UK-owned storage business) was selected who 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 and its replacements EN 16893:2018 and BS 4971:2017, and unparalleled flexible contract terms. The site re-uses massive, bomb-proof, thermally stable historic structures with very low energy needs. Uplift projects of packaged material from institutions' sites to the store can be designed by our removals service partner, Jamie Briggs Ltd. 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 collections needs before moving to the site. We operate a conservation and digitisation studio at the site, along with rooms for archivists, curators, and librarians to come to the site to work on their collections when they need this.
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