Archives to stay open for longer

8 Jan 2013 @ 3.45 pm
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Issued by City of York Council

York’s nationally-renowned archives will remain open for longer ahead of refurbishment works to move them from the City Art Gallery to their new home at York Explore Library Learning Centre.

These temporary measures form part of the Gateway to History Project, and only affect material currently held at the Art Gallery. Local history material already held at York Explore will continue to be available for public access until building work begins.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: “Originally the archives were going to be shut for public access from 1 February, however thanks to joint working with York Museums Trust we can now offer access to the archives from the Research Room at the Art Gallery for 12 additional days in January and February.

“The renovation and move of the archives will allow more people than ever to make use of this fantastic resource, and thanks to the £1.6m Heritage Lottery Fund Grant we were awarded last month, 88% of the costs of the project will be covered.”

As part of the Residents Festival, on Saturday 26 January residents will be able to book a tour of the archives, where they have a last opportunity to see behind the scenes of the old storage and learn more about the Gateway to History plans for the future. Tickets are available from York Explore and are free with a York Card.

For more information on when public access to the archive collection is available during January and February visit the York council website.


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