Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it, and those who don’t take care of history are at risk of living without it. See the problem?

Historical societies take on an incredible challenge: to use everything in their power to preserve important artifacts and documents any way they can. In return, they pass along these treasure troves of knowledge to another generation, carefully conveying the fragile candle of the past so it may burn another day.

Holding back the wear and tear of Father Time is no simple feat. Historical societies require the most modern storage options of today to protect the most valuable, irreplaceable relics of yesterday.

"Sunlight, open air and oil on a handler’s fingertips could cause significant damage."

For safe keeping

When storing pieces of clay pottery from the Peloponnesian War or parchment paper as old as the Americas, historians exercise a lot more care than one might afford the average box of junk a family might squirrel away in a garage. A historian’s catalog might be so delicate, in fact, things like sunlight, open air and oil on a handler’s fingertips could cause significant damage.

Smart storage solutions have the power to limit any unnecessary shuffling. SmartShelf storage, for example, can be customized to fit the exact specifications of the collection, be they treaties, tribal masks or trinkets. Frames can be altered in 1-inch increments and reconfigured on-site without a technician. More to the point, SmartShelves offer a number of drawer and cabinet options capable of moderating the external forces that might otherwise compromise the integrity of whatever any historical society might hope to sustain.

Sharing the wealth

That said, there’s no way to learn from history if it’s constantly kept under lock and key. Historians also have the obligation to share their collections with inquiring minds. For historical society storage to be truly intelligent, it must be as resilient as it is accessible.

Mobile storage options like Mobilex prevent tampering and excessive handling with their accordion-style design and mounted locks. However, when it’s time to open the units, there are no extra hoops to jump through. With just the turn of a crank or the push of a button, mobile storage allows historians access quickly and safely. And because Mobilex and other mobile storage options reduce the shelving footprint by eliminating aisles, historical societies are able to add more units and gather more artifacts for their catalogs, keeping more of history alive for future generations.

Founded in 1924, Montel is a company specialized in the design and manufacture of high-density mobile storage systems for a multitude of markets, including libraries, museums, industrial warehousing, education, healthcare, public safety, military, sports and indoor vertical farming.

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