Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins officially opened the new Military Archives at Cathal Brugha Barracks in Dublin in 2016. 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.
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 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.