Where is the best place to house your collection?

Serious collectors not only add to their collection, they have some of it on display. 

But collections can take up a lot of space, which often means that only a tiny proportion of the collection can be put on display at any one time.

Which in turn leads to a problem.

Supposing you have a collection of, say, newspaper cuttings, stamps, first editions of books, or indeed anything else that is paper based.

If you have a lot of space in your house then there’s no problem: you’ll have a room or two where the materials can be housed.

But even then there is a problem: the potential for damage through fire or flood, for example.

It is for this reason that many serious collectors keep part of their collections in a storage facility.  The prize items might well still be on display in the family home, but the background items – those only looked at occasionally – can be housed quite separately.  Then in the event of a tragedy at least one part of the collection will be saved.

I personally have a collection of football programmes.  It is not a collection that would be renowned throughout the world, but it does include a few very rare items, and even (I suspect although I have never fully checked) a handful of programmes for which I have the only extant edition.

However, I examine the collection rarely, normally only returning to it when I am writing a book on the subject of football. So for most of the time the collection can be kept out of the way.

Which is where a storage facility comes in.  By placing the programmes in a facility, and having a good log of which programme is where, I am easily able to find the ones I need for each new project.  The rest stay in their storage compartment, all kept in good condition at the right temperature.

So, I hear you ask, what have you recently dug out of your archive?  The answer is the 1963 programmes of the London football club, Arsenal.

The reason for this is simple – 1963 was the 50th anniversary of Arsenal at their ground in Highbury, north London.  In one of the programmes for that season they reproduced the programme of the very first match at Highbury in September 1913, and that was what I was seeking.

So there we are: whatever your collection, if space is limited and you are concerned about the well-being of the items you collect, using a storage facility can be an ideal solution.

If you would like to know more about how Admiral stores items, please do call us on 0800 783 9516.

Alternatively there is more information on our website.

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