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Archives service closure 2018-19

Both Cambridgeshire and Huntingdonshire Archives are now closed to the public.                                                                          Staff are working on cleaning and packaging our archives in preparation for the move of Cambridgeshire Archives to Ely, and will not be able to carry out research enquiries or deliver outreach and education events. We are currently not accepting most deposits of records.

Huntingdonshire Archives is scheduled to reopen fully on Monday 3 June 2019. The archives will also be open one day a month during the period December 2018 to May 2019.  During the closure period, the transcripts of parish registers will be available for consultation at the Norris Museum

Cambridgeshire Archives will reopen in its new premises in Ely sometime in the early 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 

The archives will also be open, one day a month and by appointment only, purely to allow access  to public records (specifically those classes of records listed in the schedules of the Public Records Acts.) 

For full details about the closure,  see Visit our archives

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 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. 

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 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.

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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