Museum Storage Design

advanced facilities for museum collections

Background and project history

Although my career came to focus on practical operations, it began with registrarial work, exhibition and display origination, and museum education, in a diversity of environments from regional museum services to the Royal Collections Trust, via the Tate and the British Museum.

This range of experience helps me to understand the requirements, and also the aspirations, of staff in museum organisations today.

My clients since 2001 include the following institutions:

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) Dublin
La Coleccion Jumex, Mexico City
National Museum Store, Doha
The Towner, Eastbourne, UK
Ditchling Museum, Ditchling, UK
Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow, UK
City Museum & Art Gallery, Salford, UK
Jewish Museum, London
Archive of the Order of St John, London
Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Natural History Museum, London
British Museum, London
Craft Study Centre, Farnham
Royal College of Surgeons, London
Powell-Cotton Museum, Kent, UK

The projects themselves naturally vary.  Most involve analytical storage surveys. Those in Eastbourne and Ditchling, for example, led to collaboration with the design teams to develop the building spec, and culminated in recommendations for collections storage equipment.
The Hunterian project, on the other hand, was to survey current storage and provide wide-ranging guidance covering all aspects of planning and operating a single remote site.

I have been working for some time with John McAslan & Partners on a development at the Natural History Museum in London, and in 2017 we started on a major project for the National Galleries of Scotland. Smaller recent projects include those for the Royal College of Surgeons, London, and the Powell-Cotton Museum, Birchington-on-Sea.

I am currently advising CEG International on a storage project for Qatar Museums Authority, and Guangzhou Wenbao Culture Communications Co Ltd on two projects in China.

Last update: January 2018