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The new home for Cambridgeshire Archives has been confirmed as the former Strikes Bowling Alley building in Ely.

 Alteration works at the site have now begun, carried out by Coulson Building Group.  

Both Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives will be closed to the public from 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.

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. The new 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. More information is available in the document below:

Image of new location for Cambridgeshire Archives

The former Strikes Bowling Alley building in Ely

Ely FAQ July 2018

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Plans for the site include an enhanced digitisation suite, so that many more documents can be made available online.

Archive staff and volunteers will be focusing on the systematic cleaning and repackaging of thousands of historic documents in readiness for the move. The barcoding of boxes and folders will ensure that the precise location every record in the new building is recorded on our Calm database.

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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