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Rolling shelves installed at GCHQ to accommodate file storage problems


In the 1960s, computerisation of sigint product was still ten years away. GCHQ was encountering growing problems with file storage as intercepts from two decades of Cold War operations began to back up. This was compounded by a desire to keep copies of intercepts from allied agencies and the tendency of GCHQ's component divisions to keep their own local registries. In 1964, rolling shelves were being installed at Cheltenham (above) to try and address the problem.