The National Conservation Service and Restore Plc are pleased to announce that the long awaited cold storage scheme, located at the NCS collaborative storage service at Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, is now ready to take collections.
The cold store is intended for acetate plastic photographic sheets/strips (negatives and transparencies all formats including mounted slides), cine film and loose reel audio tape (not cassette tapes). Storage will be at (minus) -20C and collections will be stored inside microclimate packages (ref BS4971:2017). It can also take colour paper-based photographs and nitrate sheet film negs (not nitrate cine-film).
The storage is complemented by a packaging service and pre-conditioning at 35% RH. The basic storage charge will be based on a standard crate size at £25 per crate per annum. We estimate that a crate will take between c.2500 and c.10,000 photo images depending on format. Arrangements can also be made for digitisation of material either before storage or when required subsequently.