Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins officially opened the new Military Archives at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin in 2016, a century after the Easter Rising of 1916. The Military Archives were created as a flagship project, one of seven capital projects which will act as permanent reminders of the centenary of the 1916 Rising, the armed insurrection which changed the course of Irish history. The archives will hold the archival records of the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence and the Army Pension Board.
Secure storage of archive material
This new purpose built archive facility allows for the consolidation of all military archives material that is currently stored at a number of locations around the country into one new national facility. It provides secure storage of archive material for circa 70,000 archive boxes, plus providing for the storage of ‘special media’ material, such as videos, film reels, photographs, microfilm, etc., which require specific storage conditions.
22km of Bruynzeel Electronic Mobile shelving
More than 22km of Bruynzeel Electronic Mobile shelving, which is designed to the highest international standards and provides an excellent storage environment, is installed over two storeys of this new building with links at two levels to an existing two-storey building of heritage value. The latter was originally designed as a Barracks Hospital and constructed circa 1903. The Barracks Hospital has been sensitively refurbished to provide a library with reading rooms, administration areas, new feature entrance and ancillary facilities for public access to the facility.
WAV Machines and wireless Tablets
The Electronic Mobile shelving is over 4m high and is serviced by two WAV Machines so archive boxes which are at higher level can be picked safely and with ease. The mobile shelving is supplied with a remote control access via a wireless tablet which is connected to each WAV Machine. A router is installed at every static position to allow connection to the buildings wireless network. The user is able to open an aisle remotely or by using the Bruynzeel app loaded onto the user’s tablet.