Nottinghamshire County Council unveil £2.5m expansion of its archive services

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The public are being invited to view the plans of Nottinghamshire County Council’s planned £2.568m investment in its archives service – to help preserve its rich documentary heritage for future generations.

The current site in Castle Meadow Road in Nottingham would be extended and facilities enhanced for visitors as part of the proposals which are being submitted for planning permission.

The county council already preserves four million documents in its Archives dating back to the 12th Century, and is keen to extend the existing building to increase the number of historical records, documents, photographs and other valuable information it can keep in safe storage.

The county council also provides an archives service for Nottingham City Council at the Castle Meadow Road site.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Culture Committee Chairman, Coun Cottee and Coun Reg Adair, Committee Chairman for Finance and Property at the county council, are set to meet with Stuart Balmer, project architect and the county council’s Peter Gaw, Group Manager, Libraries, Archives and Information Services and Mark Dorrington, Team Manager Archives and Local Studies, on Wednesday to discuss the proposals and launch the public display of plans.

The current building was opened by the Princess Royal in 1993, and is now almost at full storage capacity. Under the Local Government (Records) Act 1962 and the Local Government Act 1972, the county council has a statutory responsibility to make proper provision for records, which is a key reason for the proposals to extend the site.

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Coun John Cottee said: “Our archives provide a fantastic service which preserves the historical value and memories of the county to a wide range of audiences.

“We are excited about this proposed development which, if approved, will enable the county council to extend the current building to further enhance the facilities for visitors and provide vital extra storage space for records and documents.

“We want to show people what is being planned for the site which is why we have arranged for the plans to be on public display at the Archives.”

Proposals include:

• Sufficient storage space to store archive materials for the next 20+ years

• Improved facilities for the public to access archives

• enhancement of educational and learning facilities and the capacity to extend its already popular volunteering opportunities

• New provision for the storage of digital media, photographic archives and access to these facilities.

If the plans are given the go-ahead by the city council, the archives could then be given full recognition by The National Archives as a place of deposit for public records.

Nottinghamshire Archives holds a vast range of archives relating to Nottinghamshire and Nottingham including local authority records, court records, records of public bodies, church records, family and estate archives, business records and records of private organisations and individuals.

For more details about viewing the plans or other activities and events at Nottinghamshire Archives, call 0115 958 1634, email archives@nottscc.gov.uk, or visit: www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/archives