The curator responsible for one of the finest visible storage installations in Europe will be presenting at this year’s Museums Association Conference and Exhibition, which takes place in Cardiff on 9-10 October. Bram Janssens, head of archives at Museum aan de Stroom (MAS), Antwerp, will explore the practical considerations, design and curatorial implications of visible storage during his 30-minute presentation, using the MAS’s own visible storage gallery as a case study.
The Museum aan de Stroom is an impressive modern museum, which opened to the public in 2011. Located on the warterfront in the Eilandje district of Antwerp, the 60m-high building was designed by Neutelings Riedijk Architects. Its façade is made of Indian red sandstone and curved glass panels. Inside, the first gallery that visitors enter is the ‘visible store’, which integrates a Bruynzeel Double Decker mobile shelving system housing over 180,000 items (pictured). Janssens’ presentation is part of the Conference Exhibition’s MP Workshop programme, an opportunity for delegates and visitors to learn more about contemporary museum practice from leading professionals. Visible storage: maximising public access to collections, 15:00-15:30, Friday 9 October; Exhibition Space, Museums Association Annual Conference, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Free entry Entrance to the exhibition is free but visitors should register before arrival (conference delegates are automatically registered). Entry to MP workshops is on a first-come, first-served basis, so visitors and delegates are advised to arrive in good time to avoid disappointment. Bruynzeel Storage Systems will be exhibiting at the Museums Association Conference, 9-10 October. For your chance to join our European Theme Visit 2015 to two of the world’s leading museums, visit us at stand 34.