A storage facility made of hemp is being erected at the Science Museum at Wroughton in Wiltshire.
The former airfield near Swindon is the large objects storage facility for the London Science Museum, housing more than 500,000 objects in 11 hangars.
As part of an £800,000 project, the hemp building is being installed inside one of the hangars to reduce humidity.
Matt Moore, from the museum, said: “Essentially it will be deep storage – preserving objects for evermore.”
He said: “The environment in the hangars for the majority of objects is pretty good, pretty constant, but some items with wood and leather would do better with not quite so much humidity to preserve them for even longer.
“So we’ve gone back to basics and have decided to use hemp to stabilise the environment.”
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