Category Archives: Museum

Affordable Solutions for Storing Priceless Works

All museums, regardless of size, resources, or theme, share one eternal challenge: space, or lack thereof. How do you display an ever-evolving collection of art and artifacts, and how do you securely store these objects for an indefinite amount of time, when space can be as priceless as the treasures themselves?

The folks at Rockford Art Museum in Illinois faced this very dilemma, and came to Bradford Systems for a solution. Keep reading to find out how we improved the museum’s vault without breaking the bank.

Long-Term Storage & Preservation

Speaking of vaults, one of the first steps Bradford Systems took was an assessment of Rockford’s secured area. Although works of art were protected while in static storage, limited space meant that individual pieces were often disturbed while accessing other items. Expanding the vault was not an option, so Bradford had to come up with another plan.

The answer? Spacesaver. Spacesaver high-density mobile storage solutions maximize the capacity of existing spaces. Fully customizable, these storage systems can be integrated into any existing floor plan, and feature modular shelves and racks for organizing a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and weights. For Rockford Art Museum, the addition of a flexible Spacesaver system meant that delicate works of art could be secured between exhibitions.

Collection-Specific Storage

Art is so much more than paint. Rockford Art Museum features a vast collection of sculptures and works that don’t fit in a frame. Due to the museum’s fluid exhibition schedules, Bradford Systems integrated collection-specific cabinets and shelving into our redesign plan. These specialized storage solutions offer a wide range of precise features, tailored to the individual needs of a facility. From security concerns, to lighting, temperature, and humidity, our collection-specific museum storage protects valuable items on display and behind the scenes.

A Leader in Museum Storage Applications

We are proud of our partnership with Rockford Art Museum, and our work there speaks for itself. In fact, Bradford Systems has a long and successful history with famed cultural institutions across the Midwest. See how we helped Chicago’s Field Museum tame its wild collection of dinosaur bones, mummies, and more – some 2.2 million objects in all!

Museums both large and small encounter the same space challenges. Contact us today, and let Bradford Systems show you how our adaptable museum storage solutions can maximize the space you already have, so you can focus on showcasing your works of art instead of finding room for it all.

The Abe Lincoln Presidential Library: A Library of and for the Future

Sure, you’ve got your local library, and maybe you’ve visited it often enough to realize it’s real value to your local community. We’ve talked about the re-purposing of these public spaces enough to know they evolve and change to accommodate the needs of their patrons.

But what about the presidential library? Turns out, the idea of the Presidential Library began with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939: when he not only donated an estate to house the various documents and records of his administration – but also set a precedence later followed by Truman and other Presidents through the years that those important records, which in many ways shaped this country, be kept and cared for in a library setting.

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Presently, because of 1955’s Presidential Libraries Act, then 1978’s Presidential Records Act of 1978, and also, finally the Presidential Libraries Act of 1986… Presidential libraries are maintained and funded through both public and private resources – enabling these libraries to become valuable and extensive archives of public record and history.

So now the question is: how do you build a library that contains so much valuable history, while controlling the investment needed to build it as well as the way the library can function for the public… AND then accommodate the planned growth of it’s archives in the future?

Turns out even the folks at the The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois knew: Use the most innovative storage products available in a way that continually allows for growth and public use.

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By utilizing High-Density Mobile Storage in archival, non-public areas and as well; incorporating custom micro-film storage, art storage and smaller High-Density systems into working, processing and high-access storage areas – the library is able to provide ample room for public access, display and working spaces. see for yourself:

The future of the library is evolving, and capacity is always an issue – these products and innovations make it possible for our Presidential Libraries to grow in the future and provide to the public as intended for generations to come.

Download our Abe Lincoln Presidential Library Case Study to learn more.