Bruynzeel Storage Systems is no stranger to setting up museum depots. In many museums around the world, art collections are kept in our storage systems. Increasingly, the art collections of different museums are housed in one large depot.

A good example is the Kolleksjesintrum Fryslân, which CEO Alexander Collot d’Escury talks about in an interview with Richard Smit of the “Financieel Dagblad”.

“It saves a lot of space when collections are stored together. Even more space is saved when using cabinets created by Bruynzeel Storage Systems. The cabinets only use one aisle that can open and close in different locations. This doubles the storage capacity and saves cost. Museums that are facing budget cuts and currently store their collections in multiple locations, are very interested in the possibilities of shared collection storage.”

Alexander Collot d'Escury

CEO, Bruynzeel Storage Systems

In Amersfoort (The Netherlands), the Rijksmuseum, Palace Het Loo, Open Air Museum Arnhem and the National Cultural Heritage Agency (RCE) are building a joint depot. Our storage systems will also be installed there, in order to be able to safely store approximately 675,000 objects.

 Collot d’Escury about the depot in Amersfoort:

“This depot will have a footprint of five football fields and house about 675,000 objects.”

In addition to setting up joint depots, Bruynzeel Storage Systems is also involved in the first fully accessible open depot, which is being built in Rotterdam (The Netherlands). Depot Museum Boijmans van Beuningen is the first depot in the world that will be open to the public.

Depot Museum Boijmans van Beuningen

Collot d’Escury: “The news of the Dutch depot at Boijmans Van Beuningen – named the Pot – was heard all over the world. It was so innovative that delegations from museums around the world, such as the MoMA in New York, the Louvre in Paris and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London came to take a look.”

Other markets

In addition to museums, our storage systems are also used in archives, libraries, offices, hospitals and shops. Especially where space is expensive or scarce, space-saving storage systems can save a lot of money, increase storage capacity or create space for other activities.

Collot d’Escury: “The storage systems, for which around 1.6 million shelves are produced annually in Panningen, can be used wherever space is scarce or expensive. In a hospital, a square metre costs €3,000. They prefer to use that space for patients and not for storage.”

Read the whole interview in Financieel Dagblad with CEO Alexander Collot d’Escury

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