Parishes who deposit their archive material at the Staffordshire Record Office may wish to know that from Staffordshire Record Office’s onsite public service has temporarily closed.
This is to enable preparatory surveys to take place prior to construction of the Staffordshire History Centre. The development of the Staffordshire History Centre will create exciting and imaginative ways to connect Staffordshire people and their stories and result in both modern facilities for visitors and increase storage for future collections. You can find updates on the project on the county council website.
The staff team and volunteers will relocate to a temporary base during the construction period. Staff will provide a limited remote service including answering enquiries about the collection and providing a copying service. Please do continue to contact them if needed by email. Do also remember that FindMyPast – Staffordshire Collection, which includes many digitised Staffordshire Parish registers up to 1900, can be accessed at Staffordshire public libraries for free.
From late Spring it is planned to provide physical access for statutory legal requirements and certain time-limited projects, where needs cannot be met through copying.
All services will be dependent on changing levels of access to the collections during the building project. Access will be reviewed on a regular basis and the service will welcome feedback from service users.
The temporary closure is planned to last for 18 months dependent on the construction programme. Staffordshire County Council and its partner the William Salt Library Trust, has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £3,964,000 towards the Staffordshire History Centre project.