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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 is now in progress on alterations to the former Strikes Bowling Alley in Ely.  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. 

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The former Strikes Bowling Alley building in Ely

Ely FAQ July 2018

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Temporary closure of Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives

Both Cambridgeshire Archives and Huntingdonshire Archives will be closed for six months from 1 December 2018.

From 3 October 2018, Cambridgeshire Archives will be closed on Wednesdays. Huntingdonshire Archives will remain open on Wednesdays until 1 December 2018. This is to  enable archives staff to focus entirely on the necessary cleaning, repackaging and data correlation work to prepare our archive documents for the move.

We anticipate re-opening Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire  Archives in the summer of 2019.

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 the Archives until we reopen both services in 2019.

Historical Research Service and enquiries

The Historical Research Service (HRS) will be temporarily suspended from 1 December 2018 while staff are fully engaged in preparing for the move.

Whilst we will continue to answer as many postal and email enquiries as we can in the run up to the move and provide our paid research and copying services, it may become necessary to reduce some aspects of the public service in due course, including searchroom opening hours.

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.

Further news about the move and advanced notice of any changes to the service will be published here so please re-visit this page.

Please note that Huntingdonshire Archives will remain in its current location in the library on Princes Street, Huntingdon.

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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