Plans to transfer Lichfield Record Office archives to Stafford set to move a step closer

A decision to move documents held at Lichfield Record Office to a new site in Stafford could move a step closer next week.

Lichfield Record Office. Pic: Elliott Brown

Lichfield Record Office. Pic: Elliott Brown

A meeting of the Staffordshire Joint Archives Committee on October 22 will discuss the proposals for a new county history centre.

The plan would also mean the creation of a new community centre in place of the current record office in Lichfield, meaning locals would only be able to access digital copies of archives in the city.

Cllr Ben Adams

Cllr Ben Adams

But Cllr Ben Adams, Cabinet member responsible for the archives service at Staffordshire County Council, said the changes would allow for much-needed modernisation.

“This is an exciting time for the service,” he said. “If the proposals are approved it means we’ll be able to provide a much more modern service that is sustainable for many years to come that allows more people to access and enjoy the records.

“A brand new centre with modern storage would also allow us to better preserve our collections while providing an extra 25 to 30 years of space for future collections as the service develops.

“The proposals would also see the creation of a community history centre within Lichfield Library, providing online access to records as well as access to a range of community activities.”

Cllr Adams added that the county council was committed to providing more digital accessibility to the county’s archives.

He said: “We will continue developing our digital offer, making more records available online than ever before and at the same time, taking the service out into local communities and to schools and groups.

“The next step, once proposals are considered will be to submit a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund which we would hope to do in December.”

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