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The first customer appointments will take place in the new Ely Registration Office from next week, 16 September. This is part of the redevelopment of the former Strikes building in Ely, which will also be the new state of the art home for Cambridgeshire Archives.

Ceremonies and the move of the whole county’s registration records, dating back to 1837, will follow.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Chair of the Communities and Partnership Committee, Councillor Steve Criswell said “September marks an exciting new chapter for our Registration Service in Ely. The building has been extensively re-developed over the last year to create a suitable, modern home for both Cambridgeshire Archives and the Ely Registration Office. Although not yet open for ceremonies, the new facilities include a modern fit for purpose venue with a landscaped outdoor area for photography.

“The Registration Service is able to open for appointments while work continues to get the building ready for their records and the Archives to move into, an opening date for which will be announced in the coming months.

The Archives Service will shortly begin moving historical records out of Shire Hall basement into the new archives centre. This move is anticipated to take several months. We plan to open the Archives Service towards the end of the year.

All registration services will continue to be by appointment only. Appointments and ceremonies can be booked online, and copy certificates ordered, at www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk or by calling 0345 0345 1363.

Customers that already have an appointment booked from the 16 September will be contacted to remind them of the new location. The Cambridgeshire Ceremonies website will be updated once ceremonies are available to book.

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