Rescue operation underway for Chester archives

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Flash floods and freak thunderstorms have severely damaged the archives stored in Chester Town Hall.  Over a foot of water has flooded into the basement to wreak havoc with the documents that have been archived within the hall.

These archives date back as far as the 17th century and over 100 boxes with many historic artifacts have been filled with water. A further 300 boxes have been less badly damaged but will still need care and attention in order to help them survive the water damage.

Here at DataSpace we were saddened to hear that historical documents and artifacts were damaged in this way.  Many of these documents have been sent to be freeze-dried by specialists in Oxford and the lesser damaged items have been sent to a wind tunnel at the Duke Street HQ.

There is hope that these badly damaged archives will be saved and restored to a decent condition.  Paul Newman, acting archives and local study manager at Cheshire West and Chester Council has said, “Fortunately our conservators are of the opinion most, or all, of the badly affected records can be saved using the latest preservation techniques.

“The undamaged remainder of the records will be removed to temporary storage in Winsford, provided by the museum service.”

Here at DataSpace our archive storage solutions are designed for exactly these reasons.  We choose our off-site storage facilities to ensure that there is no risk of flooding.  It is upsetting and stressful when important or historical documentation of this nature are damaged due to freak weather.  It is something we can’t control and predict.  What can be done is prevention from the effects.

If you have important documentation that could be at risk then why not call us?  We can talk you through the archive storage solutions that will protect your precious information and items to ensure that they remain in the condition that they arrive in.