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Lichfield Record Office could close as part of changes to the way Staffordshire’s archives are handled. Staffordshire County Council is exploring plans to centralise the region’s Records Service and the William Salt Library Collections. As part of this, Lichfield Record Office would close and be replaced by a “local and family history centre” where visitors could “access digitised collections and microfiche sources alongside the local studies collection within Lichfield Library”. Consultation documents show problems with an ageing air conditioning unit and an increase in digitised records are being blamed for the decision to consider closing the city’s Record Office.
Cllr Mike Lawrence
Cllr Mike Lawrence, Cabinet Member for Children, Community and Localism with Staffordshire County Council, said: “We are very proud of our heritage here in Staffordshire and we want to encourage more people to enjoy our fascinating archives collections which are designated by the Arts Council as being of outstanding quality and significance. “Bringing together the county’s collections from our three Records Offices onto one modern site will allow us to improve the services we provide to visitors. “Our latest project with the website findmypast will also see are records available online later in the year, giving more people access to our archives at a time and place convenient to them. “We are keen to hear what people think about the plans and I would urge people to have their say. We also plan to make an application for a National Lottery Heritage fund grant to do the work.” Consultation on the proposals will run until January 31 and includes a survey at www.staffordshire.gov.uk and drop in sessions:
  • January 13 from 10am to 7PM at Staffordshire Record Office
  • January 13 2014 from 2pm to 7PM at Lichfield Library
  • January 17 2014 from 10am to 1PM at Lichfield Library

Ross

Founder of Lichfield Live and editor of the site.

One reply on “Archive changes could see closure of Lichfield Record Office”

  1. I am disgusted that Lichfield Records Office is due to be closed.
    a) it is housed in a wonderful building, which has been recently renovated at immense cost – whereas Stafford Record Office is horrible (I have visited, so I do know).
    b) Lichfield is the seat of the Diocese of Lichfield and therefore houses the records of the Diocese. Why should they be moved from their rightful home?
    c) South Staffordshire is to be deprived of an essential part of it’s heritage. Living in Tamworth I can travel to Lichfield for free, and frequently. I would have to think twice about travelling to Stafford, and quite frankly, why would I want to?

    As usual it’s down to “MONEY, MONEY MONEY” and everything run by Accountants who have no other interest in life. Sorry!

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