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Increases in the numbers of loans, new mechanical handling systems and intrinsic values of Works of Art, led ultimately to the decision in 1981 by Gary Thompson together with his assistant Sarah Staniforth and Margaret Stewart, the Registrar, to initiate a Fine Art Container development project - principally to establish sound technical and scientific criteria for the design and manufacture of packing cases for two-dimensional objects, and to undertake environmental testing of resultant designs. (The details of this work were published in the National Gallery Technical Bulletin Issue No.8 dated 1984).

Concurrent with the start of the development project, John Roffey, now MD of Dristyle Products Limited, another company within the same Group, together with colleagues David Fellowes, Sheila Amey, and others, created a parallel business 'The Museums and Galleries Container Service', specifically to lease high performance re-usable containers as part of a dedicated design and specialist packaging service for Works of Art.

Organisational changes affecting the principal individuals in Dristyle Products led ultimately to the formation of Kent Services Ltd (KSL) on 1 January 1988 and complete severance from the Defence Packaging Industry.


Gary Thompson, the then Scientific Adviser at the National Gallery made contact with the Packing Advisory Services (PAS) - (John Roffey – General Manager) to commission a wide ranging investigation and report on the then current methods of packaging for Works of Art, drawing heavily on PAS's extensive technical experience in the Defence Packaging Industry.

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"We have always found (KSL's) containers provide an excellent level of safe and secure transport for even the most fragile objects. The expertise in building customized containers and providing expert packing services, make Kent Services second to none".

Keith Davies, Loans Administrator, The Freud Museum

Tel: 01795 660812 | Email: ksl@kent-services.com

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