PFM 21 7 Oct 2018 - Page 9

DeepStore Hits the Right Note for
Royal College of Music Collection
he Royal College of Music, one
conservatoires, has chosen
DeepStore to house its library’s
Special Collection.
The three-year contract was awarded to
underground storage company, after a
procurement tender exercise. The
Special Collection includes composer
and performer archives, and around
750,000 programmes from the 19th
through the 21st centuries that are
frequently recalled by users of the
The Royal College of Music began
working with DeepStore in 2016 and
following the completion of the initial
intake of material, embarked on a tender
process for a low-risk storage and
retrieval system for its Special Collection
- the key requirements being a high-level
of security, and a temperature and
humidity-controlled environment.
Peter Linnitt, chief librarian, Royal
College of Music, said: “DeepStore has
always offered a quick, responsive and
streamlined service. This allows us to
bring archives and programmes back to
our London base for researchers from
around the world. The facilities keep our
archive collections in unique conditions,
which are wonderful for the preservation
of the material while requiring minimal
external input. This mirrors our accolade
of being the greenest conservatoire in
the UK according to the 2018 People
and Planet University League.”
Craig Trimby, DeepStore's head of
sales, said: “We are delighted to have
been appointed by the Royal College of
Music. DeepStore provides the perfect
location for storing their documents,
manuscripts and archives and we look
forward to working in partnership with
their Special Collection team.”
The highly secure storage facilities,150
metres below the surface in Britain’s
largest salt mine, are not only naturally
free from UV light, flooding and vermin
but also offer consistent temperature
and humidity levels and comply with PD
5454 requirements.
DeepStore offers same day and next
day delivery services as well as scanon-demand so the Royal College of
Music’s documents and archives can be
easily retrieved.
The unique underground storage facility
(an area 700 times the size of Wembley
football pitch) was created from the
space left following the extraction of
millions of tonnes of rock salt. The mine,
which is owned and operated by DeepStore’s parent company, Compass Minerals®, has the capacity to extract 1.5
million tonnes annually.
Based in South Kensington, London, the
Royal College of Music trains gifted
musicians from all over the world for
international careers as performers,
conductors and composers. It is
amongst over 1,000 private and public
sector DeepStore clients, including The
National Archives, Costain, MOLA, the
Royal Society, SOAS and Wellcome
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