Cambridgeshire Archives moving to Ely

Cambridgeshire Archives will open its new Archive Centre at Ely on Tuesday 10th December. 

We anticipate that we will be very busy in the first few months after opening so please contact us in advance to book a seat . Our phone number, 01223 699399 and email address  cambs.archives@cambridgeshire.gov.uk remain unchanged.

 You can follow the progress of on-going preparations for our opening  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 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.

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The former Strikes Bowling Alley building in Ely
Ely FAQ July 2019
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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.