The National Archives of Australia’s Mitchell storage facility has become so decrepit that tape is being used to hold down floor tiles which could contain asbestos.
Federal Parliament’s Public Works Committee heard evidence yesterday about plans for a new $92 million preservation facility to take pressure off the existing centre which is so full that it has been forced to stop accepting some classified documents.
Labor Senator Anne Urqhart noted during a visit to the Mitchell storage site that she had noticed at least one vinyl tile which could contain asbestos was being held down by tape and asked what plans were in place to ensure the safety of staff.
- Read more at the Canberra Times
Some handy links we have found online…..
As many of you would know using a roof space for archival storage presents a lot of challenges, however, the Justice and Police Museum have embraced the challenge and effected a stunning transformation.
Links for November reading include a visual feast of libraries around the world; info on NSW Local Govt; Pest Management; and a video by Team Digital Preservation.