New Storage Facility for the Australian National Archives to be the Last of its Kind

Construction has begun on the National Archives of Australia’s new preservation and storage facility at Mitchell. With enough shelving to stretch from Canberra to Cooma, the purpose-built repository will house around 10 million Commonwealth records when it opens in 2017. The 18,000 square-metre facility will include a conservation laboratory, digital archives for classified and unclassified records, cold storage areas and 114 kilometres (70 miles) of shelving.

The facility will maintain paper records at an ambient temperature of around 20 degrees Centigrade (68 degrees Fahrenheit) and around 50 per cent humidity

This is expected to be the last of its kind because almost all government records are now created digitally, not on paper. While the Australian government will maintain archives for future records, the storage will be digital. There will be no need to store paper.

You can read more in an article by Katie Burgess in the Canberra Times at

My thanks to newsletter reader Ernie Thode for telling me about this article.

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