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.
Construction of the new archive centre at Ely has now been completed and the process of moving the archives out of Shire Hall basement and our outstore at Cottenham into the new centre is well underway.
We do not yet have a date for re-opening, but we hope it will be sometime in December. When we do have an exact date we will update this page.
We thank you for your patience and we look forward to seeing you in Ely when we reopen.
During the closure period, the transcripts of parish registers and the microfilms of probate records will be available for consultation at the Cambridgeshire Collection
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 was no longer fit for purpose.
The former Strikes Bowling Alley at The Dock, Ely has been converted into a new archives centre. It contains over seven miles of shelving within an environmentally controlled space. 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.
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.