Museum storage is very individual and can require specialist solutions depending on the items being stored.
Moduflex are able to design and manufacture a system specifically for your space and to your specification. Museum storage is a challenge for curators, as collections grow and space is utilised. Often, the nature of the materials being stored means that best practices in terms of storage temperatures or conditions, need to be adhered to, whilst considering the regular flow of incoming artefacts and items.
Moduflex designed a storage system to suit existing wooden trays, previously stored in wooden cabinets that had deteriorated. The system was designed to house existing trays, but storage capacity was increased to enable new trays to be added retrospectively.
Where space is limited or unusual, mobile shelving can be used to sympathetically store more than traditional shelving. Our team can assist with capacity & loading specifications to ensure that your solution meets your expectations and requirements.
Picture racking is a popular way for museums to store valuable and precious artwork, items and artefacts. There are three types of modular picture racking. Each installation is designed to suit the items to be stored, and the space that they will occupy.
Protecting valuable items and artefacts
Moduflex has completed a number of projects in museums where storage is required for valuable stock and artefacts. Due to size, shape, frailty or other factors, a customer storage area may be the only option for your museum.
We have created bespoke storage solutions that take the unique nature of the items being stored into consideration. Our design team will accept your brief and tailor your solution to your needs. Each system is manufactured to specifically suit the space available.
Moduflex have created specialist museum storage for; weapons, fine art, historical artefacts, sports memorabilia, animal bones, insects, stuffed animals, maps, public records, precious stones, and pottery.
Storing fragile works: Getting the environmental conditions right
The key to storing art and artefacts safely is choosing an environment where the temperature and humidity can be effectively controlled. In underground vaults temperatures are naturally constant, but in specialist warehouses it is necessary to heat and cool the building to ensure works remain in peak condition.
For most pieces a humidity of 50 percent is ideal, together with a constant temperature similar to a museum environment. However, metal sculptures require lower humidity, as low as 35 per cent, to prevent oxidisation, while paper and manuscripts require around 55 per cent humidity to avoid the growth of mould.
If installing air conditioning, don’t forget this process also dries the air and changes the humidity, therefore close monitoring is crucial.