Funding approved for first stage of plan to move archives from Lichfield to Stafford

A move to switch records and archives from Lichfield to Stafford has moved a step closer after initial funding was granted for a new county history centre.

The proposal would see documents held in the city and the William Salt Library in Stafford moved to the new facility.

The plans can now be fully developed after the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) approved an initial payment of £333,400. Staffordshire County Council says it will apply for the full grant of £3,965,600 for the project at a later date.

A new family history centre with access to digital records is expected to be created in Lichfield to replace the current record office.

Gill Heath, Cabinet member responsible for the archives service at Staffordshire County Council said: “This is fantastic news.

“The new Staffordshire History Centre, with more accessible facilities along with plans to take more activities out into local communities, will give us a much more modern and sustainable service for the future.

“We want to reach out to more people and let them use and enjoy the records, and our new-look service developed with local history groups and the public will help us do this.

“At the same time we will continue get more records available online through findmypast to ensure anyone who has an interest in history can access information at the touch of a button.”

The council says the new centre in Stafford will also feature a community exhibition space, modern search rooms and strong rooms to provide storage for an additional 25 years of future collections.

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4 Comments

  1. Interesting

    3rd June, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Stafford gains, Lichfield loses.

    Getting to be a regular occurrence.

  2. AgitatorofPeople

    6th June, 2016 at 9:30 am

    Here we go, first step of emptying the Friary building so they can sell it off, because once the records and history archives go, they will ram through the move to the Church owned St Mary’s as fast as they can, spending £million pounds of public money to refit and “safeguard” a church owned by a Diocese with £74m of funds. There is no safeguarding going on, it’s just selling a public asset they see as a cash cow, to the detriment of the general public.
    https://www.facebook.com/savelichfieldlibrary

  3. Darryl

    6th June, 2016 at 9:57 am

    “At the same time we will continue get more records available online through findmypast to ensure anyone who has an interest in history can access information at the touch of a button.”

    Which isn’t free, therefore you’re financially penalising people in Lichfield who can’t travel to Stafford or use a computer.

  4. Thornton

    16th June, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Another step forward i think. Stafford should be seen as the hub of Staffordshire and may obe day be as important as Manchester or Birmingham. Stafford being the county town should be where most of the investment is and Lichfield the pretty satellite town. If only Stafford was on the east of the country.

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