(07/09/09) The Burke Museum will be renovating its collection storage areas over the next two years, moving items from open shelves to new storage compactors that protect them from light and dust and possible damage from earthquakes. UWEM assisted the Burke in applying for this grant.
The renovation is being funded through a $700,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Grant. Compactors — basically storage units on wheels — can increase the efficiency of a space by about 50 percent, allowing more objects to be protected, according to Ron Eng, the Burke's geology collections manager. "The trade-off is that you do lose the convenience of fixed aisles," Eng said.
It's a massive move indeed — millions of objects and specimens from the Burke's ethnology and geology collections will be moved into new storage units.
More than half of the geology collections, ranging from dinosaur bones to fossil flowers, will be moved, as well as the entire textile collection and the contemporary Northwest Coast print collection.
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