Planning permission was granted last month for the construction of a new archive and records centre at Rotherwas and the job of packing and moving the county’s archive records will be a delicate operation- involving stock-checking each item, cleaning, re-boxing as needed or providing archival quality packaging. Other items will receive further packaging for the move itself. Documents will still be available for research after they have been checked and packaged.
Elizabeth Semper O’Keefe, manager of Herefordshire’s collections and archives services said: “In order to be able to move our county’s archive records safely next year, each and every item must be packaged and wrapped carefully. It will be a time consuming process and we hope our visitors will be patient whilst we prepare everything over the coming months”.
To allow staff to focus on carrying out this work, from 1 April the records office will be open for one week per month. Detailed dates of opening are on the council’s website http://www.herefordshire.gov.uk/leisure/archives/23150.asp Wallet sized calendars will be available for users to have as a handy reminder of these dates.
The new facility will bring the archive, the county’s archaeology unit, the sites and monuments record, and the biological records centre together in one building, allowing people access to all these records in one place.
In addition, the new centre will offer a range of social and community outreach programmes, a dedicated educational room and improved facilities and access for the public.
If you have any questions regarding records please contact Rhys Griffith, senior archivist 01432 260750.