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Published May 31st 2020
Exciting plans to house archives, books and museum items
A new history centre is being planned for Staffordshire to house the county's archives and museum artefacts in a purpose-built modern building. And people from across Staffordshire are being invited to play their part in shaping how the history centre will look by submitting their thoughts and suggestions as part of an online survey. The proposals for the Staffordshire History Centre project would see an extension to the existing Staffordshire Record Office in Stafford incorporating the William Salt Library. The brand new £3.9 million facility will hopefully attract financial backing from The National Lottery Heritage Fund. The new history centre would bring together the county's extensive archives collections in one modern structure with additional strong rooms, reading areas, and research labs. Rare archives, books and museum pieces would all be displayed in a dedicated exhibition space, with activities and collections taken out into local communities.
How the new history centre could look
Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council, said: "This is a very exciting and important project for the county, and we want people to be part of it. We have a fascinating history here in Staffordshire and it's vital that we continue to preserve those archives and objects for future generations to enjoy. But as well as this we want to ensure that many more people, including children and local communities, can have easy access to the information and resources and that's why we are asking for people's views. I would encourage anyone with an interest in their local history to have their say through the survey, so we can design a centre that is sustainable and fit for the future." As well as the new history centre, the plans also include giving more people access to the service, making more records available online, and getting local communities and schools more involved in activities.
The William Salt Library in Stafford. By Simon Huguet, CC BY-SA 2.0,https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=13598625