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  • Publicado em 27 Mar 2022
  • Deepstore doesn't let many people film in their massive facilities. So when the team at Laura Ashley invited me down into the mine to look at their archives, I jumped at the chance. Thanks to Deepstore www.deepstore.com/ and Laura Ashley www.lauraashley.com/ !
    Camera by Ryan Priestnall ryanpriestnall.com
    Edited by Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
    I'm at tomscott.com
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Comentários • 2 424

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  6 meses atrás +10171

    I'm worried, as ever, that this will seem like an advert. That's always a risk visiting somewhere that's got a lot of security around it! But to be clear, I've wanted to film here for years, every word I'm saying is mine and mine alone, and this isn't sponsored (beyond actually letting me into the facility)!

    • Alex
      Alex 14 dias atrás

      Didnt even think of that

    • Lisa Calhoun
      Lisa Calhoun 17 dias atrás

      I can see how you might think that, but please know this is absolutely fascinating!

    • Agin
      Agin 19 dias atrás

      Advertising red t-shirts again? What a scoundrel.

    • douro20
      douro20 Mês atrás

      These people are trusted with Official Secrets. No amount of security is enough when you have to protect such documents.

    • IEa Jackson
      IEa Jackson Mês atrás

      @voltare2amstereo he he

  • Nick Warren
    Nick Warren 6 meses atrás +180

    There's another facility like this in Kansas, but they do daily public tours of the mine and the archives. They've got a bunch of interesting things on display including famous movie props. Highly recommended. Interestingly, it still smells like the ancient ocean that formed the salt deposit down there, which is the most surreal thing. Being hundreds of feet underground in Kansas and you smell the ocean.

    • ferretyluv
      ferretyluv 6 dias atrás

      That’s honestly really fascinating because most of the smell of the beach I’ve found is from a certain strain of E. coli. So I guess if you live in the Midwest and you don’t go to the beach often, I guess the saltiness in the air is the most memorable thing about it.

    • Phi
      Phi Mês atrás +1

      I live in the town above that, it's always really interesting to think that 600 feet beneath you there's (or at least at some was) people, working, and that they just did that, every day.

    • Zev Farkas
      Zev Farkas Mês atrás

      "Toto, I've a feeling..."

    • Julie Mercer
      Julie Mercer 3 meses atrás +2

      I live very near to Stratica and can't recommend it enough. It is also a live salt mine and Dirty Jobs did an episode there.

    • Nick Warren
      Nick Warren 5 meses atrás +2

      @tiptoetumbly *Strataca

  • Leo
    Leo 6 meses atrás +332

    sometimes i just go blank faced and wide eyed when i think about how everything exists all at once independently equally as visceral as anything i have experienced and will never experience. all of the objects ive ever owned and lost are still out there, or at least their matter is, the atoms that held them never stopped existing. everything in that vault is the exact feeling i am describing.

    • nexus solaris
      nexus solaris Mês atrás +1

      Are you sure it 's not just the mushrooms talking?

    • Randi Rabbit
      Randi Rabbit 2 meses atrás

      And every single atom of all those insumountable things used to occupy the same point in space.

    • Ed Herdman
      Ed Herdman 2 meses atrás

      That's your moment of Satori (per Zen). Enjoy!

    • Laurie
      Laurie 4 meses atrás

      Well said

    • Muckle Dragger
      Muckle Dragger 4 meses atrás +4

      @Lulu Moon lmao

  • o m
    o m 6 meses atrás +492

    I've always been captivated by places like this, since I was a kid. Libraries, warehouses, archives... There's something weirdly calming and intrigueing about them, I can't explain what exactly. And the bigger they are, the stronger the effect.

    • duckqueak
      duckqueak Mês atrás

      @Davi Bergamin careful OP the backrooms is spooky.

    • Universal Stupidity
      Universal Stupidity 3 meses atrás +1

      @Moonchant that's actually something I think about, because for so much of history, people haven't purposefully preserved things for the future nearly to the scale we do now. Future archeologists will have so much to look through and try to understand us, such as these, archives with things of lots of different ages all together

    • whisperingsage
      whisperingsage 5 meses atrás +2

      The weight of history.

    • Joshua Fearon
      Joshua Fearon 5 meses atrás +2

      It’s the Indiana Jones effect

    • Davi Bergamin
      Davi Bergamin 5 meses atrás +8

      I think you would be interested in hearing about the backroom and liminal spaces

  • Adam Place
    Adam Place 6 meses atrás +915

    Since Tom mentioned tasting salt in the active areas of the mine, I wonder how hydrated the miners have to be during their shift?
    I mean they're not going to desiccate or anything, but it would make you awfully thirsty after a while I'd imagine.

    • duckqueak
      duckqueak Mês atrás +1

      @Aussie Wanderer Canabalism i figure would break out faster down there. People are pre seasoned.

    • stinkerton
      stinkerton 3 meses atrás +1

      @Aussie Wanderer Na.

    • Alex Greenwood
      Alex Greenwood 4 meses atrás +2

      @Aussie Wanderer r/cursedcomments

    • ScottyLand 🔵
      ScottyLand 🔵 5 meses atrás +3

      Or hypertension?

    • Paula Harris Baca
      Paula Harris Baca 5 meses atrás +4

      @Cuvtixo D Are you one of Jay Leno's retired writers? I swan....what a quipper.

  • NextianGeometry
    NextianGeometry 6 meses atrás +3808

    Out of all the possibilities of who could invite Tom Scott to make a video about a vast subterranean archive in a salt mine, I would never have guessed "Laura Ashley".

    • Adventures of Dean Kane
      Adventures of Dean Kane  27 dias atrás

      That did take me back too

    • Brexit Britain
      Brexit Britain Mês atrás

      It's depressing that AM exists. Break up if you want to fool around with other people.

    • WayStedYou
      WayStedYou 5 meses atrás +4

      @Mi p Ashley Madison

    • Jamie hugill
      Jamie hugill 5 meses atrás

      @Mi p that’s what I thought too

    • Mi p
      Mi p 5 meses atrás +5

      isn't Laura Ashley that adult website for cheaters

  • Chris Williamson
    Chris Williamson 5 meses atrás +61

    I used to service and repair the generators underground at that salt mine, did they take you out to a side shaft and turn the lights off? Your eyes never adjust, it is total darkness.
    Did they mention the amount of waste they also store down the mine? They store large 2m square bags of (I think) incineration waste that's not suitable for landfill. That area goes as far as the eye can see.
    I also remember one of the employees telling me some time ago that there was a suggestion to have a prison down there but it was denied due to the prisoners needing a certain amount of sunlight by law.

    • Khris
      Khris Mês atrás +2

      Finally, my Himalayan Salt Lamp licking skills are of use

    • CambridgeMart
      CambridgeMart 2 meses atrás +4

      I've been down a few mines (coal, diamond, gold) which are now tourist attractions; one thing they do, without fail, is turn the lights off!

    • Sypei Terra
      Sypei Terra 4 meses atrás +22

      A salt mine prison is a terrifying thought

  • David Eltz
    David Eltz 6 meses atrás +107

    Wild to think that there's a real-world equivalent to how I've been keeping my items organized in Terraria, and as a (primarily digital, admittedly) archivist at heart, I love knowing the purpose these spaces are being used for.

    • C O
      C O 5 meses atrás

      What's Terraria?

  • Zachery Barcoe
    Zachery Barcoe 5 meses atrás +29

    Everyone's hometown has that one thing that everyone who lives there knows about and winsford we all grow up learning about the salt mine and deep store, and I'm so glad Tom has finally been able to make a video about it, showing the world our little towns big story

    • matty__sharpe__
      matty__sharpe__ 5 meses atrás +3

      i know. as someone who lives in winsford too, this makes me happy!

  • LexieAssassin
    LexieAssassin 6 meses atrás +111

    Where I live here in the US, this is also very common. Some of the caves and mined out salt mines are used for national archives and film reel preservation. Some places work in them. (As I recall, the local electric utility has a data center my dad worked in when I was a very small child.) One place is even a paintball and laser tag arena.

    • gareth johnstone
      gareth johnstone 4 meses atrás +1

      I really want to visit Wampum mines in Pittsburgh. Big Day Of The Dead fan.

    • Teguh Ilhami
      Teguh Ilhami 5 meses atrás

      @Hayden S why yes it might be happening to they/them

    • Hayden S
      Hayden S 5 meses atrás +6

      @YouAreProbablyAutistic i can say the same for your background??

    • YouAreProbablyAutistic
      YouAreProbablyAutistic 5 meses atrás +2

      Why is that your avatar?

    • Hayden S
      Hayden S 5 meses atrás +8

      Playing paintball in an Old mine?? Sign me up!

  • AntiSocial-Gamer
    AntiSocial-Gamer 6 meses atrás +3219

    I would never have thought that a highstreet clothing store was archiving stuff in a used mine deep underground

    • Julianne Traven
      Julianne Traven Mês atrás

      @Gabriel Guedes Balogo the written language and the spoken language are not the same thing when it comes to native intelligent usage

    • Gabriel Guedes Balogo
      Gabriel Guedes Balogo Mês atrás

      @Julianne Traven please look up "the English language"

    • Julianne Traven
      Julianne Traven Mês atrás

      @Gabriel Guedes Balogo please look up prescriptivism

    • Gabriel Guedes Balogo
      Gabriel Guedes Balogo Mês atrás

      @Julianne Traven prescribing "would have" instead of "would of" isn't being a prescriptivist - it's having a brain.

    • Sean Darke
      Sean Darke 5 meses atrás +1

      @max Someone from the company explained, in detail, why they would want to keep the masters.

  • Making like a Southpaw
    Making like a Southpaw 6 meses atrás +42

    I got a "Warehouse 13, but in real life" vibe from this place, although they probably don't store any objects that can be neutralized with purple goo.

    • Elmojomo
      Elmojomo 4 meses atrás +2

      @The L3mur I was just thinking the same thing! I miss that show, as goofy as it was, especially towards the end.

    • The L3mur
      The L3mur 6 meses atrás +9

      I don't think I've ever naturally come across a Warehouse 13 reference in all my time on the internet. Glad to know I'm not the only one!

  • VosperCDN
    VosperCDN 6 meses atrás +28

    I am continually amazed at the places and things Tom gets to visit and film. It seems like a window into (effectively) unknown territory for the majority of us.

    • pavelow235
      pavelow235 5 meses atrás +1

      true, although highlighting the unknown is hardly a Tom Scott invention.

  • Bigjobs69
    Bigjobs69 5 meses atrás +10

    I've been on a tour down there. We got to see the working face as the continuous mining machine was digging away, it was awesome to see.
    We got to see them putting together the second continuous mining machine (that should let the mine know when this was).
    They drove us around and showed us the old machinery that was used before the continuous miner was put into action.
    The American managing director at the time was over and was on that tour also.
    They obviously don't do public tours, but from what I understand, as I was invited along by a friend and didn't actually know anyone else in the group, it was all arranged as someone in the group had convinced the mine that we were in the market to buy half a million tonnes of salt. I don't know how accurate that part was, but that's what was relayed to me.

  • Ian Kemp
    Ian Kemp 5 meses atrás +4

    I was lucky enough to get the chance to go down the Winsford salt mine in 1982. I was expecting something like a normal coal mine and couldn't believe the vast underground caverns with eight-wheel trucks merrily driving around. Good to see them being put to good use. An amazing place, as are the Polish salt mines with their salt sculptures.

  • FiXato
    FiXato 6 meses atrás +3659

    This reminded me of my visit to the salt mines of Wieliczka, Poland. Absolutely gorgeous what they did in those, with statues made out of salt along the corridors, and even an entire underground cathedral, complete with salt crystal chandeliers. If I ever get the chance again, I'd love to revisit that place. Not in the least to smell that easy to breathe salty air again

    • AnnaEmilka
      AnnaEmilka 5 meses atrás +2

      @Ty Behny Guido mine is in my hometown ☺️ I'm from Zabrze in Poland, sung there with my former choir - Resonans con Tutti. I'm glad you liked Poland!

    • Ty Behny
      Ty Behny 5 meses atrás +1

      @AnnaEmilka Really?! I've never met anyone outside of my orchestra who had done the same thing. As a freshman, I chose to play violin because it was like singing without words; three years later that choice got me to Poland. It was an unforgettable adventure!

    • Anuraag Gaddam
      Anuraag Gaddam 5 meses atrás +2

      @Corvette Dude I believe solders cannot protect you against corrosion.

    • Jeff Castle
      Jeff Castle 6 meses atrás +1

      I didn't spot any dwarves or chandeliers though 😉

    • Corvette Dude
      Corvette Dude 6 meses atrás

      As an American I would feel much safer storing things in Fort Knox which has 30,000 soldiers protecting it and hundreds of tanks.

  • Naomi
    Naomi 5 meses atrás +29

    0:41 Tom looks so happy to ride in the cart! Adorable.

  • kersjan14
    kersjan14 6 meses atrás +9

    It is just fantastic how much effort you put in your videos, with the scripts, the fact checking and getting the allowance for such special places. Ty for all your effort, and have a nice day :D

  • Phil Messenger
    Phil Messenger 5 meses atrás +5

    Its amazing how this gentleman can turn the most mundane things, items, events, or objects into interesting stories. I love his videos

  • MxMattyB
    MxMattyB 6 meses atrás +20

    3:37 "It's really important for us to archive the original physical pieces.
    So we can really understand, it's those techniques of how they were made. If you scanned that, if you created a digital archive, you would lose that history to that piece." kind of a funny thing to say to someone who burned a sweatshirt on video

  • Rei Rei
    Rei Rei 6 meses atrás +2364

    I hope they have a very good indexing system. If there's anything that's misplaced it would be like looking for a needle in a haystack the size of the moon.

    • Robert Stoneking
      Robert Stoneking 5 meses atrás +1

      @Jon Johnson even when that is standard government tends to lease a dedicated space to keep their stuff separate.

    • SuperGarryGamer
      SuperGarryGamer 6 meses atrás

      @Daniel Cooper I'm absolutely sure they meant an aluminum needle in a fire retardant haystack, might need to rethink the strategy

    • Jon Johnson
      Jon Johnson 6 meses atrás +2

      I can't speak for Deep Store, but many archives like this have absolutely no physical organization.
      When an item is brought in, it' might be placed in a random folder, in a random box, on a random shelf, in a room... each folder, box, shelf and room is labeled with a barcode. The location of every single barcode is indexed by computer. The item, when placed, is recorded according to the barcode of its location.
      One company's deepest secrets could rest right next to another company's deepest secrets, and no one would ever know.
      When a client wants to retrieve an item, it's checked out-- and the record of its inventory is deleted. When the item is checked back in, it can be placed in any random location, and probably never in the original location.
      The indexing system is of utmost importance. It's the "keys to the kingdom" so both the security and resiliency of the system is taken very seriously.

    • Daniel Cooper
      Daniel Cooper 6 meses atrás

      @Jenny John Less volume and the magnet need not be as strong.

    • Daniel Cooper
      Daniel Cooper 6 meses atrás

      @Jenny John Well where's the fun in that?

  • Laporch
    Laporch 6 meses atrás +6

    I love that Tom gets access to all of these cool locations. It is always nice getting some insight into neat things I didn't know existed.

  • Tim Vroomans
    Tim Vroomans 6 meses atrás +14

    Hey Tom,
    This is just cruel. Telling us there is a big salt mine with tonnes of interesting stuff in it, but we can't go and look around.
    Never wanted to go somewhere more.
    Cheers,
    Tim

  • Labyrinth
    Labyrinth 5 meses atrás +3

    Thanks, Tom! It's great to see the kind of place where our descendents are going to be living in the future. It looks like a nice place, at least. A lot to keep them occupied with during the nuclear winter, and always plenty of seasoning for their MREs.

  • tsbrownie
    tsbrownie 5 meses atrás +16

    How do they keep the salt dust out of the archives? Salt/chlorine is about as bad a natural corrosive as there is. Seems at odds with long term preservation (unless it's salted fish/beef).

    • Elmojomo
      Elmojomo 4 meses atrás +5

      They mentioned that the floors are planed and painted, and there's no active mining in the vicinity. Salt is a stone (sorta), so it's not like the walls just randomly give off salt dust or vapor or anything, unless something disturbs them.

  • Neo Getz
    Neo Getz 6 meses atrás +1082

    It's always striking to me to see how stable the salt rock must be that so many salt mines have these massive open rooms and corridors, vs what I think of when imagining a standard mine with narrow tunnels and bracing supports everywhere.

    • 0Clewi0
      0Clewi0 5 meses atrás

      @Johan Van Hoof I'm talking in general worldwide, that is not the only salt mine.

    • General Harness
      General Harness 5 meses atrás

      @Generic Meatsuit I am more picturing, wow ground radar picked up this massive void, probably filled with oil lets drill it and start pulling up paper.

    • Johan Van Hoof
      Johan Van Hoof 5 meses atrás +1

      @0Clewi0 Sun ? In the UK ? ;-)

    • dielaughing73
      dielaughing73 6 meses atrás +2

      @rocbolt the US stores its Strategic Petroleum Reserve within salt domes

    • Oxy Bright Dark
      Oxy Bright Dark 6 meses atrás +1

      @Andrea Perrone don't change colour kitty?

  • Synda Quil
    Synda Quil 6 meses atrás +1

    I've visited a salt mine in Kansas, and there are some famous movie props you can see on the tour. Now I'm wondering if they have tons more stuff we couldn't see. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

  • Anemoiapolis Game
    Anemoiapolis Game 6 meses atrás +2

    Props to the camera crew for filming good footage in such a dark and unevenly lit place.

  • Marthinus Spangenberg
    Marthinus Spangenberg 6 meses atrás

    This is so cool! I would love to work in a place like that. 😲 Imagine the indexing system?

  • 154Kilroy
    154Kilroy 6 meses atrás +4

    Imagine how happy the scientists that discover this in a couple of thousand years will be.

  • Miserable Northerner
    Miserable Northerner 6 meses atrás +1602

    Without gong into too much detail, some of things stored in there are:
    Antiques
    Archaeological dig Items
    Evidence rooms for Greater Machester, Norfolk and Suffolk Police
    Results from practical scientific experiments
    The archives from the House of Commons
    And a lot of other stuff too.
    What Tom did not mention are 2 things i find quite interesting.
    The mineshaft is as deep as Blackpool tower is tall and there is over 130 miles of roadway under there, and the machinery and vehicles depending on the size have to be assembled once they are down there, and because it is salt, if they were to ever be brought back to the surface the weather would turn them to rust in no time at all.

    • ParadigmUnkn0wn
      ParadigmUnkn0wn 16 dias atrás

      @laus 99 old miners tell many tales, that doesn't mean they're true. Salt simply washes off of metal, it's really that easy. You don't even need powerful detergents or anything, just water will do fine. That said, washing all the salt out of every nook and cranny in a piece of equipment may be somewhat impractical, but certainly not impossible.

    • Chase Williams
      Chase Williams Mês atrás

      In many Australian mines they have to do something similar, airlift in vehicles and plant in pieces, assemble it there, and it's usually cheaper to just deactivate the machinery and leave it there when the mine is fully exploited.

    • CambridgeMart
      CambridgeMart 2 meses atrás +1

      @Fltchr I find different countries' approach to winter conditions interesting; Austria puts rock chips on the roads, Finland just plows the roads and you need to have studded tyres fitted, Norway sprays brine on the roads (salt alone wouldn't work in the low temperatures they experience in winter).

    • Classic80sStuff
      Classic80sStuff 2 meses atrás +1

      I wonder how many Sega Dreamcast consoles are stored there?

    • laus 99
      laus 99 3 meses atrás

      @Vousie V old miners have always told me it's impossible to "clean" metals - once they've been in that salty atmosphere, that's it, they will always rust rapidly once back in normal humid atmosphere

  • maxwell yedor
    maxwell yedor 6 meses atrás +1

    I don’t think I’ll ever get over just how massive salt mines can get. Thinking about the extent of that pocket of salt they’re digging through is just insane. Even more insane is how many of them there are and just how much salt we extract.

  • Ryan Yoak
    Ryan Yoak 6 meses atrás +1

    I've actually been mountain biking in an abandoned salt mine in Kentucky! The one I was in was relatively small and it was still huge!

  • Dylan Trinder
    Dylan Trinder 6 meses atrás

    I always find these videos that Tom produces extremely interesting. Keep it up Tom, thanks.

  • j4d3 goat
    j4d3 goat 6 meses atrás +1

    Wow - awesome!
    As a New Zealander, I'm sooo envious of the UK's geology! It's sooo old, enabling you to find awesome fossils - ammonites, trilobites, mosasaurs, dinosaurs. Very little of that kind of thing here.

  • Secret Forreddit
    Secret Forreddit 6 meses atrás +1627

    I'm training to be an archivist so this is extra fascinating for me; I can only dream I'll someday get to visit it (or at least something similar, if anything similar exists)!

    • AniUser
      AniUser 4 meses atrás

      many massive national salt mines make archive rooms and recreation rooms.

    • justcomments
      justcomments 5 meses atrás

      Hope you’re enjoying your training!

    • Digital Decay
      Digital Decay 6 meses atrás +1

      The US is filled with old salt mines repurposed as archives.

    • Jimmy Danly
      Jimmy Danly 6 meses atrás

      If you're ever in Kansas, the Hutchinson salt mine has pubic tours, and it also has an archive. They store a lot of the same things as the place in the video, such as records, but their main draw is famous movie props.
      (I also highly recommend the space museum that's also in Hutchinson!)

    • el gato
      el gato 6 meses atrás

      ohohoho i have the same dream!!

  • ghfjdkslaghfjdksla
    ghfjdkslaghfjdksla 6 meses atrás +4

    as an archivist I am salivating at the size and conditions of that space

  • John Beauvais
    John Beauvais 6 meses atrás +2

    Never in my life would I have thought that artworks for patterns and wallpapers would be kept deep inside a salt mine. How interesting

  • Shadowheart Art
    Shadowheart Art 6 meses atrás

    Wow. I would never have guessed that a salt mine would be a good storage facility. This is super interesting

  • Cynical Old Dwarf
    Cynical Old Dwarf 5 meses atrás +1

    One problem with salt mines though is that the salt will damage the items if it gets on them. There's been a few cases where film reels stored in salt mines have been irreparably damaged by salt contamination.
    We'll never get a director's cut of Event Horizon :(

  • evando2006
    evando2006 6 meses atrás +614

    I love how Tom has visited an archive facility and not brought his archivist mate, everybody's favourite Garry Brannan, Gary Brannan along.

    • Robert Crawshaw
      Robert Crawshaw 5 meses atrás +7

      @Domen Bremec Mystery Biscuits!

    • Gum Skyloard
      Gum Skyloard 6 meses atrás +19

      @Domen Bremec Wahey!

    • Domen Bremec
      Domen Bremec 6 meses atrás +65

      I imagine Gary might be feeling quite salty about it.

    • bloodvue
      bloodvue 6 meses atrás +34

      I am not sure how you could contain that kind of enthusiasm into one of these videos

    • Ragnhild
      Ragnhild 6 meses atrás +80

      Gary has “his own” archive these days (it really belongs to the University of York, but Gary is the Keeper of it).

  • Colin Kautz
    Colin Kautz 6 meses atrás +2

    This reminds me of SubTropolis near Kansas City, MO. Instead of it being a salt mine, it was a limestone mine that used the same technique of room-and-pillar mining that created vast space for various industrial uses. I believe the United States Postal Service as well as the National Archives lease out some space there.

  • Ecospider5
    Ecospider5 6 meses atrás

    I worked at a photo digitizing company. We rented space in an old copper mine to store the originals. Some of my employees setup the networking there. I wish I would have made time to go see it when I had the chance. It would have been really cool to physically go into a storage facility like that.

  • Campfire Bandit
    Campfire Bandit 6 meses atrás +3

    I had the thought while listening to the mine conditions, is there any evidence of salt mines being used as an archive or preservation in history? Particularly anything ancient or in antiquity.

    • RWBHere
      RWBHere 5 meses atrás +2

      Salt was known to be an excellent preservative before most of the Bible was written, so it would be very surprising if nothing was preserved in this way.

  • Jo Heynes
    Jo Heynes 6 meses atrás +1

    Amazing! I’m a huge vintage Laura Ashley fan and did not expect to learn more about the brand in a Tom Scott video!

  • MrFlipside
    MrFlipside 6 meses atrás +332

    It says a lot for the respect that you've earned that you get to see awesome places like this. I'll admit to being kind of jealous, but you've definitely earned it.

    • Loghan Duvall
      Loghan Duvall 6 meses atrás

      Not difficult to see this place must admit

  • Simon T
    Simon T 5 meses atrás +1

    Amazing. I'd love to visit there. Stunned that it was Laura Ashley who invited you. To the question of storing 'things', I would have guessed a lot of other things before I got to fabric.

  • Ricardo Sanchez
    Ricardo Sanchez 6 meses atrás

    I’m fascinated by how they can build tunnels like this and how they figure out it’s safe and won’t collapse

  • schmoosmith
    schmoosmith 6 meses atrás +1

    I love underground stuff so this video was especially interesting to me. I, along with many others I expect, would love to see a video on the disused Central Government War Headquarters in Corsham, Wilthsire.

  • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
    Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +1

    Now, that's an efficient use of multipurpose space. Everyone loves salt mines and everyone loves archives, so it's only natural to put the two together.

  • Ashley D
    Ashley D 6 meses atrás

    This is so cool. I live near there and knew about the mine but not the archiving. That's just fascinating.

  • Stephanie Canada
    Stephanie Canada 6 meses atrás +4

    This is spectacular! I am a vintage seller and to know that this exists is just stunning!!

  • Andy Jamieson
    Andy Jamieson 5 meses atrás

    This place is absolutely incredible! I'd love to see it just get a grasp of the scale of it

  • Josh Nunns
    Josh Nunns 6 meses atrás +2

    Been in a Salt mine similar to this in Romania, think it was a touch deeper though. They had a Go-Cart course, gym, Giant chess table and even a water feature set up down there. was a super cool experience , if you get the chance to visit one, id recommend it. :)

    • Andy Lee Robinson
      Andy Lee Robinson 6 meses atrás

      Sovata, it also has a church, and I played Fugue and Toccata in D minor on the organ once... amazing reverb.
      It has several levels too, there are enormous caverns underneath the enormous caverns going down hundreds of metres...
      Amazing place.

  • tehpanda64100
    tehpanda64100 6 meses atrás +1

    these huge mines are such a surreal place, I bet the employees get used to it but for me it is almost creepy.

  • Dylan Dreisbach
    Dylan Dreisbach 6 meses atrás

    There is something really cool about making artificial walls to split off natural rock walls. A perfectly smooth feature imbedded into the jagged rock of the earth.

  • An Interesting Life Overland
    An Interesting Life Overland 6 meses atrás +1

    If you like this, Tom, you should check out the salt mine wine storage in Moldova. It's the largest wine cellar in the world!

  • Regionaal Archief Alkmaar
    Regionaal Archief Alkmaar 6 meses atrás +1

    Great video! The stuff in our archive is above ground but also very safe. The only salt in our archive can by found in the restaurant ;-)

  • jaspr1999
    jaspr1999 6 meses atrás +539

    Hell... I can't decide what to keep and what to throw away in my own garage! I do not envy an archivist job, in that respect. However, this archive is a world treasure! I would love to see folks a thousand years from now look through it.

    • Just some Pirate Cat with Internet Access
      Just some Pirate Cat with Internet Access 6 meses atrás

      @Paul O'Sullivan Well if you turn if you suck all the ait out of it,you may be able to preserve most of the stuff there for quite sometime.

    • skylx08
      skylx08 6 meses atrás +4

      When it came to my unfished canvases and unfished sketches, I decided, if I haven't touched it in the past three years, out the door it goes. If I wanted to keep anything, I photographed it or scanned it.
      Did the same for costume ideas, craft projects and keepsakes. I rented a large trash bin and filled it with years worth of clutter. It was a long overdue cleansing and cathartic ritual.

    • jaspr1999
      jaspr1999 6 meses atrás

      @High Path - YUP!!! After almost 35 years the kids and their kids as well as all the others I guarantee that every single time I've thrown something out one of them pipes up and asks for whatever it was, and I feel terrible.

    • High Path
      High Path 6 meses atrás +1

      Its always you need the bit you threw out last week

    • Roger Ivy
      Roger Ivy 6 meses atrás +1

      @Paul O'Sullivan it doesnt take anything, they are simply stored there.

  • Paula Hildebrandt
    Paula Hildebrandt 5 meses atrás

    Archival staff should know to wear gloves when handling documents like that.
    But the truly scary thing about this facility and others like it is how incredibly vulnerable they are to water.

  • Caden Bigler
    Caden Bigler 5 meses atrás

    I love every single one of your videos, so well put together!

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 6 meses atrás

    Out of all the possibilities of who could invite Tom Scott to make a video about a vast subterranean archive in a salt mine, I would never have guessed "Laura Ashley".

  • Daniel Sullivan
    Daniel Sullivan 6 meses atrás

    I was only thinking about this sort of thing this week (reading The Road - Cormac McCarthy had put it in my head) and was wondering if something dreadful happened how would we restore learning and knowledge within as short a time as possible? Do we even have the techniques to do so in some automated way?

  • Frequency Manipulator
    Frequency Manipulator 6 meses atrás

    This is a fantastic video. Exactly what we signed up for. Well done all.

  • Vicky witton
    Vicky witton 5 meses atrás

    Love your videos Scott, keep making them!

  • Carter T
    Carter T 6 meses atrás

    As someone who loves his history, it’s projects like this which make me jealous of those who will study us in the future.

  • Gratten Jenkins
    Gratten Jenkins 6 meses atrás

    As always, your videos are extremely interesting. Thanks, you made my Monday a lot less gloomier

  • Domain of Science
    Domain of Science 6 meses atrás +1078

    This is like a level from Goldeneye.

    • Alex Summers
      Alex Summers 5 meses atrás

      I thought it looked familiar. Thanks!

    • Laukina TH
      Laukina TH 5 meses atrás

      I was thinking it reminded me of Star Wars.

    • greenprisms
      greenprisms 5 meses atrás

      @The other John Smith Well thanks now I have to reinstall that and start building an archive down there. Perfect as it's next to a mine too I guess.

    • PressA2Die
      PressA2Die 6 meses atrás

      I wonder if you meant the level ' Caverns' or the level 'Archives'

    • IM PUTIN AND I HAVE A SMALL PEEPEE
      IM PUTIN AND I HAVE A SMALL PEEPEE 6 meses atrás

      My ex wife’s wall were also…

  • rashkavar
    rashkavar 6 meses atrás

    I'm reminded of the SNOLAB, out at Creighton Mine where I worked for a bit when I was a student. It's a neutrino observatory down at 6800 level (that's ~6800 feet below the surface) built to be isolated from any sort of radioactive contamination so that the only thing they might be seeing is neutrinos and possibly other minimally interactive particles. Given that need for isolation, it had to be custom built rather than using existing mine works - vibrations and such from ongoing mining operations would be a problem for them, but it's a similar sort of situation where a mine site is being used for some other project.
    I never got a chance to visit it myself, but I've seen lots of pictures of the area, and the one thing that's always impressed me is how incredibly pristine everything looks: the white shotcrete walls, the mirror polished floor, etc. Compare that to the active part of the mine where the walls are rock covered in 4 inch mesh and studded with rock bolts, the ground is packed gravel and rock dust (where it's not mud or inches of loose rock dust).

  • Miren Summers
    Miren Summers 4 meses atrás

    never expected a bit of fashion history in this, loved it, keep it coming!

  • Someone
    Someone 6 meses atrás

    Somehow I like to imagine people in hundreds or thousands of years stumbling into these archives

  • Tony Hammitt
    Tony Hammitt 6 meses atrás +1

    There's a very similar archive under Kansas City. Just along the river banks, you'll see huge doors going into the cliff faces. Back there are archives for a lot of things, plus businesses, etc. It's cheap rent.

  • bluetheta
    bluetheta 6 meses atrás +1

    We have a similar archive here in the US; I can safely say one of the clients there in the UK is the BBC who would archive essential TV and film; think Winston Churchill public speeches during World War II. Royal Weddings and the like. All TV networks and film studios store their "master" in the US archive in case they need to make a fresh copy of an old productions. Yes even our wallpaper and paints makers store their materials in the archives. These archives are like a "living" time capsules.

  • LaSirena69
    LaSirena69 6 meses atrás

    I would never have thought that a highstreet clothing store was archiving stuff in a used mine deep underground

  • LaSirena69
    LaSirena69 6 meses atrás

    I would never have thought that a highstreet clothing store was archiving stuff in a used mine deep underground

  • LaSirena69
    LaSirena69 6 meses atrás

    I would never have thought that a highstreet clothing store was archiving stuff in a used mine deep underground

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 6 meses atrás

    I would never have thought that a highstreet clothing store was archiving stuff in a used mine deep underground

  • LaSirena69
    LaSirena69 6 meses atrás

    I would never have thought that a highstreet clothing store was archiving stuff in a used mine deep underground

  • dave597
    dave597 5 meses atrás

    Wow, it's the same Laura Ashley that entered administration a few years ago. I have a full digital archive of their website as it made their move over to Next. Interesting seeing a physical archive!

  • LaSirena69
    LaSirena69 6 meses atrás

    This would probably be a great place for a data center, too. Ground source heat pumps, shielded from cosmic rays

  • Michael T
    Michael T 6 meses atrás +413

    imagine being an alien archaeologist 10,000 years from now and discovering a room in a salt mine that's just full of wallpapers, dresses, and bowls

    • Thorn
      Thorn 6 meses atrás

      secret level

    • Oblivion
      Oblivion 6 meses atrás +1

      The reality of the universe is on the timescale of millions to 100 million periods. And unfortunately nothing survives on those time scales not even continents

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +4

      I imagine they'd see it and think, "Hmm, lots of products. Must be a shopping mall."

    • ZT1ST
      ZT1ST 6 meses atrás +2

      "Huh - there's no potions hidden between these dressers? Where are the hidden secrets?
      Or is all these dresses the pieces of equipment we're expected to use?"

    • Rasmus n.e.M
      Rasmus n.e.M 6 meses atrás +9

      @Skrimper Not an unfair assumption given the tailormade dresses ;)

  • LaSirena69
    LaSirena69 6 meses atrás

    This would probably be a great place for a data center, too. Ground source heat pumps, shielded from cosmic rays

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 6 meses atrás

    This would probably be a great place for a data center, too. Ground source heat pumps, shielded from cosmic rays

  • Zariah Aspen
    Zariah Aspen 6 meses atrás

    This would probably be a great place for a data center, too. Ground source heat pumps, shielded from cosmic rays

  • András Bíró
    András Bíró 6 meses atrás

    Now I want to buy a mine like this and build a small town inside. The way things are going up here, I think it would come handy.

  • George  III
    George III 6 meses atrás +412

    This takes "digging for information" to a whole 'nother level.

  • Chyla Marie
    Chyla Marie 6 meses atrás +2

    The massive salt mines of Hutchison Kansas are incredible. They house so much storage for important items and documents. There’s even a museum of Hollywood props and scripts you can tour. So fun ☺️

  • Adam Stewart
    Adam Stewart 6 meses atrás

    There is a similar place in the town I live in. It's a combination of an active room & pillar salt mine, archive storage, AND museum of salt mining.

  • WarpFactor999
    WarpFactor999 6 meses atrás

    This is very similar to the "Underground" in Kansas City, Kansas, which was a limestone mine. Huge businesses are underground there, including the USPS, candy makers, warehouses, etc.

  • Steven Allen
    Steven Allen 5 meses atrás +1

    I grew up in Goderich, home of the world's largest salt mine. I remember them talking about setting up something like this there as well. Not sure if they ever did, but so far underground in a salt environment is an excellent safe place to store things.

    • Andrew Brookes
      Andrew Brookes 5 meses atrás

      Compass Minerals own both Goodrich and Winsford

  • Monzai
    Monzai 3 meses atrás

    We have something similar here in the United States called iron Mountain in Pennsylvania, my company used it and my attorney used it… Of course retrieving documents is extremely expensive or damn near impossible

  • Wilbur Jaywright
    Wilbur Jaywright 6 meses atrás

    I love how excited you were when you got on the golf cart. You obviously enjoyed it. :-)

  • Clickmaster5k
    Clickmaster5k 3 meses atrás

    I just watched a video about an entire lake draining in to a salt mine like this. What is done to mitigate risks of the mine flooding?

  • Odds and Ends
    Odds and Ends 6 meses atrás

    It's amazing to see what we consume look at all that is mined out

  • littledergon
    littledergon 6 meses atrás +183

    this was something I made in a dnd world several years ago and I always thought it would be a great thing to be real if there was a way to keep the rooms dry. amazing that it is a real thing that has solved that issue 😂 awesome video 👍

    • Deryk Robosson
      Deryk Robosson 6 meses atrás

      Did it become a salt marsh in the end?

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +1

      @confuseatronica An ancient magical artifact is stored in one of these boxes.

    • confuseatronica
      confuseatronica 6 meses atrás +3

      did you have archival grade storage box mimics?

  • Myles Garlick
    Myles Garlick 6 meses atrás

    Having the actual physical object is the best case scenario, but it's good to have the scans and documentation just in case the worst happens.

  • Rhinozherous
    Rhinozherous 6 meses atrás

    Another interesting inside look! Thank you very much for your work!

  • fhhsvnggbh
    fhhsvnggbh 5 meses atrás

    Wow never thought that kind of fabric and stuff would be so interesting. Its art essentially. i do think it should also be digitally stored too.

  • Giles Rafol
    Giles Rafol Mês atrás

    We have something like this in my area around Kansas City, Missouri, US. There are at least a few large industrialized caves -- think it's limestone instead of salt -- that are used for archival storage, commercial storage, and even offices. There's a university here that even has classrooms in caves!

  • paca_bill
    paca_bill 6 meses atrás +211

    There's a salt mine in Kansas, United States, which functions as an underground archive. Then again, there are old salt mines in Poland where people go for health spa treatments (not the same as the Radon treatment center Tom reported on earlier).

    • Robert Bones
      Robert Bones 6 meses atrás

      Mom says to stop trying to give yourself
      German: Randy: it's ok son, just gonna get a little cancer

    • ilRosewood
      ilRosewood 6 meses atrás

      @a-rod48 Just head down the road to Carriage Crossing for dinner when you are all done

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +2

      Incredibly, there are even some salt mines where people mine salt!

    • FroToe
      FroToe 6 meses atrás +4

      And the limestone mines in KC are quite well known. As is the 1992 fire that demonstrated why putting all yer eggs in one basket might not be a wise idea.

    • Michael Dunn
      Michael Dunn 6 meses atrás +1

      @Miserable Northerner The Hutchinson Salt Co that owns the Carey Salt mine in Hutchinson Kansas is a privately owned Kansas company. The salt mine that Compass Minerals runs in Kansas is a brine evaporation extraction operation. It has no rooms to convert, just a brine filled pocket. This type usually gets converted into natural gas storage.