Sydney University’s Macleay Museum engaged CSM to develop specifically tailored storage solutions to house and safeguard its treasured Mammalogy specimens.
This collection renowned nation-wide, being the oldest collection of natural history specimens in Australia. The Macleay Museum sought to recatalogue, audit and improve the storage organisation of this priceless collection, in line with a number of museum refurbishment projects carried out across the University’s other core museums. With the collaboration of CSM’s fabrication and engineering specialists, a custom storage solution was designed to increase protection measures, improve artefact management and maintenance and generally expand the security and preservation remits of the country’s first and oldest natural history collection.
CSM was able to adapt and manufacture a Self Based Rolling Storage Unit to fulfil these many and varied storage requirements. Easily removable oversize angle metal shelves were incorporated so collection management personnel can examine the specimens without the need to handle them, thereby dramatically mitigating damage risks. Lockable hinge doors were fastened in between segments of the Rolling Storage Unit to further boost protection of the specimens – whether in movable operation or periodic disuse. Vermin viewing holes were also integrated along the base of each segment to permit more effective pest control practices.
By integrating these different functionalities, CSM supplied a satisfying solution for Macleay Museum, delivering safe homes for their little fury friends for years to come.