The historical archives in the town of Haderslev, Denmark, date back to the early 1920s, when records first began to be collected. However, the Haderslev Town History Archive as we know it today was founded by Olav Christensen in 1946. Olav Christensen was inspired by Faaborg Town History Archive, which had been established in 1937 as Denmark’s first urban historic archive. As a result of municipal amalgamation in 2007, the amount of public records held in Haderslev greatly increased. The archive had outgrown its premises and so in 2012 it was decided to create a new, modern archive store. When the local council was looking for a space-efficient storage solution for the new premises, their initial idea was to choose Compactus® mobile shelving. But after careful consultation and after analysing their future storage requirements, they decided to opt for Compactus® Double Decker mobile shelving system.
To maximise use of space in a room with a ceiling height of 6 metres, the ultimate space efficiency was offered by the Bruynzeel’s two-tier mobile shelving system. This double decker archive storage solution combined the best space efficiency in higher buildings, while maintaining ease of access for archivists and employees. Due to the very slim profile of the integral mezzanine floor, more shelving levels can be achieved when compared to an installation using a bulky and expensive structural mezzanine. The shelving system can accommodate more than 3,000 linear metres of records from the municipal assemblies of Haderslev, Aabenraa, Sønderborg and Tønder. The double decker mobile shelving system is electronically operated and has integral lighting over the bays, which turn on automatically when you open an aisle. The advantage of the electronic mobile system, according to the Historical Archive, is that “in addition to the space saving aspect, the system can be locked, an important safety aspect as Historical Archives store material may contain sensitive personal information”.