Hello all. We thought it might be time we updated you with some of the things we are currently up to in our bid to get ready for the removal trucks (which arrive in less than two weeks time!). So, here are some photographs to show what we're currently up to:
Mould checking: perhaps one of the most pressing tasks of late. We are checking all of the boxes in our lower strongroom for mould as owing to a problem with our environmental controls we have suffered an outbreak. Staff are identifying any items that are affected and then they are being cleaned or sent away for treatment, depending upon the severity. This must be completed before the items are moved to The Hive so a lot of staff time has been dedicated to it. It may not be glamorous but it is vital nonetheless!
Packing fragile items: Angie has been working hard to carefully package and wrap any of the more fragile items within our collections. Our strongrooms are now awash with bubblewrap in order to protect items such as seals, glass plates, small objects that could be lost and other vulnerable items.
Shelf-checking and box-weighing: We're almost coming to the end of our important task of checking all of the shelf locations for accuracy. We need to make sure everything is exactly where our Locations Database says it should be so that we can keep track of every box during our move. Also, thanks to the work of casual staff we have been able to continue of project to mark the weight of our boxes with a traffic light system of labels.
Local Studies Library merge: Work is continuing to check all of the book stock at both the History Centre and County Hall branch, ready for one combined collection at The Hive.
We still have a huge amount of work to do before we are ready to move, but staff are making great progress. Next week we will be going to label shelves at The Hive ready to ensure the removal men know where to put things. Staff will also begin their Induction sessions at The Hive so they are prepared to work in the new building. Check back next week for some sneaky peek photos from inside The Hive!