DeepStore has been chosen by Colchester Museum to house its archaeological archive.

As part of a 10-year contract with the museum’s owner, Colchester Borough Council, the museum will store items that include bulk material such as pottery and animal bone and records and plans from excavations that have received box grant funding.

Tom Hodgson, Colchester Museum’s Manager, said:

“We were aware of a regional borough council that was using DeepStore for their archives and we chose DeepStore for their reputation in the field of archaeological storage. DeepStore has given Colchester Borough Council an effective off-site solution for the long-term storage of archaeological material that needs to be retained but is not consulted on a frequent basis.”

DeepStore’s unique underground facilities – 150 metres below the surface, were developed as an alternative use for the space created from mining millions of tonnes of rock salt in Britain’s largest salt mine – owned and operated by parent company, Compass Minerals®.

The mine is ideal for storing archaeological finds, artefacts, archives and historical documents, as it has consistent temperature and humidity levels that meet the specifications of PD 5454.

Its storage areas also are naturally free from ultraviolet light, vermin and flooding.