The Foundation of Ardington Archives
“Ardington Archives was founded in 1994 when my parents, John and Vivien Haigh, saw the need for document storage in Oxford. Ardington Archives takes its name from the downland village in which my father lived and worked for most of his life.
The impetus for starting the business, after a long career in agricultural management (a field perhaps not obviously connected with document storage and management), lay in my father’s passion for innovative business ideas and excellence in management. His aim was to harness the talents of local people and local suppliers to offer a business service that not only met a clear need and continuously evolved in response to its customers’ needs, but also had a friendly human face.
The business was thus based on the cornerstones of innovation and personal service, and we continue to put those principles into practice every single day. We are proud of the reputation Ardington Archives has developed for professional document storage in Oxford, and our growing number of life science clients across the UK. Trusted document storage in Oxford.”
Rupert Haigh – Partner
The Importance of local document storage for companies based in Oxfordshire
Storing your physical documents with a local company offers many advantages over remote storage providers.
- Quick and easy access for retrieving documents urgently
- Avoid long shipping times and transportation risks
- In-person visits to add or audit documents
- Increased accountability being close to your community
- Meet owners face-to-face and inspect facilities firsthand
- Local proximity adds responsiveness, flexibility, and reliability
- Keep your data secure with a provider you can trust
We offer unique, customised document scanning and storage solutions.
We work closely with our clients to ensure we deliver a scanning and storage solution to fit their needs. Have a look at some of our other services.
Ardington Archives currently has a total document storage capacity of over 100,000 boxes across three archive stores, together with our in-house argonite pods and secure vaults. Our facilities are modern and purpose-built for storage. In addition, we have the option to expand our secure archive environments to increase total capacity.
At Ardington Archives we understand that fast and efficient document retrieval is vital for the management of any business. Document retrieval can be requested via phone, email or through our secure online portal service, and if requested by 12 noon, will be returned the next working day, anywhere in the UK. Requested documents are returned either physically or via electronic format, with both options ensuring a secure and confidential delivery.
At Ardington Archives, we provide a comprehensive range of document scanning and digital conversion services using state-of-the-art equipment. We can advise on the best mix of scanning and hardcopy storage to meet your specific needs.
As part of our document storage service, Ardington Archives works with clients to determine destruction dates for archived documents and files. Confidential destruction is carried out by twice shredding the documents, before they are pulped and recycled into toilet tissue. We additionally offer destruction of associated media such as PC hard drives, meeting BSI standards in both Environmental and Information Management.
Ardington Archives has a range of custom designed storage boxes made from high content recycled board. Designed with a double thickness skin to ensure strength, rigidity and a longer life than most other storage boxes, all Ardington Archives boxes are PH neutral to maintain the quality and integrity of the documents stored inside, meeting BS 4971 standards. All boxes are supplied flatpacked for ease of storage and transportation.
In our rapidly-evolving digital era, preserving our cultural and personal heritage has taken a revolutionary turn through heritage scanning. This transformative process involves digitising redords, documents and images, extending their life without causing any damage to the original items.
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