Nottinghamshire Archives plans unveiled
If accepted by Nottingham City Council, the proposed £2.5 million extension will provide space for a further 20 years’ worth of documents and a range of educational facilities
An artist's impression of the completed building © Nottinghamshire County Council
Family historians with Nottinghamshire roots could soon benefit from new and improved research facilities after plans for a £2.5 million expansion to the county’s archives were unveiled last month.
Ranging from records of churches to collieries, the building on Castle Meadow Road in Nottingham is home to over four miles of documents dating back to the 12th century.
With storage space nearly at full capacity, the planned extension to Nottinghamshire Archives would create room for a further 20 years’ worth of records, as well as a range of exhibitions and displays.
Additionally, it is hoped that the enhancements will widen public access to the facility, with plans to extend volunteering opportunities and offer a new range of educational services on-site.
If the proposals are approved by Nottingham City Council, the archives could then be given full recognition by The National Archives as a place of deposit for public records.
“Our archives provide a fantastic service which preserves the historical value and memories of the county to a wide range of audiences,” says Nottinghamshire County Councillor, John Cottee.
“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.”