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Archives service closure 2018-19

Cambridgeshire Archives is currently closed to the public while staff  work on cleaning and packaging our records in preparation for the move  to Ely. We are unable to carry out research enquiries or deliver outreach and education events during the closure period and we are currently not accepting most deposits of records. 

Huntingdonshire Archives is now fully open

Cambridgeshire Archives will reopen in its new premises in Ely sometime in the  autumn of 2019. We will announce an opening date as soon as one is confirmed. During the closure  period, the transcripts of parish registers and the microfilms of probate records will be available for consultation at the Cambridgeshire Collection 

During the closure, access to public records as listed here  Public records.pdf   can be arranged on the following days:

Tuesday 25th June 9:30-4:00

Tuesday 30th July 9:30-4:00

Researchers must contact us by email at [email protected] at least one week in advance to reserve a seat. Access to records which are not public records will not be possible because they are being packed for the move.

You are welcome to follow the progress of construction of the new Ely archives centre on  Facebook and on Instagram

New home in Ely for Cambridgeshire Archives 

The County Council has for some time been working to secure new premises, following an inspection by the National Archives which found that the current archives accommodation in the basement of Shire Hall is no longer fit for purpose.

Work by Coulson Building Group on the former Strikes Bowling Alley in Ely will soon be drawing to completion. Plans for the site include an enhanced digitisation suite, so that many more documents can be made available online.

The building is well located within easy walking distance of Ely train station and town centre, and is well suited for adapting into a home for the archives. 

Image of new location for Cambridgeshire Archives

The former Strikes Bowling Alley building in Ely

Ely FAQ December 2018

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Temporary suspension of accessions

Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives are currently not accepting deposits of records while we prepare for the move. The only exceptions will be (a) records defined as public records in the schedules to the Public Records Acts and  (b) records at immediate risk of permanent loss or destruction. For all other records,  we ask that you postpone bringing them in to either Archive until we reopen at Ely later in 2019.

Historical Research Service and enquiries

The Historical Research Service (HRS) at Cambridgeshire Archives is temporarily suspended while staff are fully engaged in preparing for the move.

As part of the essential preparations for the move, some documents will be transferred off-site and we regret that it will not be possible to access these until we open at Ely. Please see the list of records that are temporarily unavailable.

List of records which are temporarily unavailable

The following records are currently off site at Cambridgeshire Archives and unavailable for public access due to the preparation for the move to Ely.

  • Provisional Land Values Duties returns
  • District Valuation papers of Bury St Edmunds and Cambridge Valuer
  • County Court registers for March and Wisbech
  • Cambridgeshire Public Assistance Committee
  • Cambridge Territorial Army Association
  • Heffers of Cambridge
  • Whittlesey Rural District Council
  • Whittlesey Urban District Council
  • Thorney Rural District Council minutes
  • Wisbech Rural District Council minutes
  • North Witchford Rural District Council minutes
  • Wisbech Borough

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