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May the Fourth, and all that

Published on 30 April 2020

May the Fourth, and all that

In the early 1990s, Jason Joiner (Star Wars memorabilia collector) was interviewing crew who had worked on the original Star Wars films in order to record their memories of the experience. In so doing he met Gary Kurtz (Star Wars film producer) and the two bonded over their love of all things Star Wars.

Over the course of their conversations Mr Joiner discovered that Mr Kurtz had a room full of paperwork, photographs, drawings and props relating to his time on Star Wars and his other films. After travelling to the US to see the collection, Mr Joiner realised it needed to be digitised and catalogued to be preserved for future generations of Star Wars enthusiasts. In due course, Mr Kurtz’s collection arrived in London to be merged with Mr Joiner’s collection and the KurtzJoiner Archive was formed. It’s an ongoing project as work continues to digitise, catalogue and build the archive.

Preserving unique items for the benefit of future generations is at the core of our heritage storage scheme. We are recommended by the National Conservation Service for our expertise in packing, storing, moving and cataloguing priceless collections – from rare books via tribal masks to the Soyuz space capsule.

Our heritage storage is held within ex-Cold War hardened aircraft shelters which are atmospherically controlled, damp, pest, flood and fire-proof and in a high-security location, manned 24 hours a day. They also contain specially equipped areas for archivists to work in when researching or restoring their artefacts. When items are moved in or out of storage, or between collections, our specialist vehicles are temperature controlled and fitted with special suspension to make the journey super-smooth.

If you would like to talk to us about our heritage storage scheme we are available at Stefan.chetty@restore.co.uk, through our website or on 0333 060 9326.