The Royal borough of Greenwich commissioned London practice Neil Tomlinson Architects to help transition, store and protect the fascinating and highly-varied archive of historic objects and documents managed by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, as it moved from its original home in Woolwich, by the Thames, to a new store in Charlton. The project has now completed and the archive has been successfully moved over.
For the new home for the collections and archive, Neil Tomlinson Architects worked with Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust to convert and refurbish and existing, 477 sq m, double-storey space, ensuring the building was completely fit for purpose, including the creation of a purpose-built, climate-controlled area for more sensitive pieces, as well as ensuring easy access and navigation for staff and volunteers. The practice also fitted out a neighbouring facility of identical dimensions to preprae it for a future tenant, who will be carefully chosen to ensure they do not impede or and acan also act as a buffer to the space, to preserve the curatorial integrity of the artefacts. A new-build internal two storey block is shared between the two units along the party wall, with the ground floor used by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust adn the top floor (at mezzanine level) for use by the next-door tenant.
The Royal borough of Greenwich archive, managed by Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust, contains a great mix of items, from historical documents and plans to items pertaining to local history, including vehicles, machinery and natural history specimens and artworks. The Trust's staff are still working to catalogue and process the totality of the collection, with a view to a longer-term move to a dedicated home, where parts of the archive can be displayed directly in the public eye.