Friday, 27 April 2012

Packing up the History Centre

We have had a busy week checking and labelling the books in local studies collection, as well as our microfilms and maps. The searchroom is starting to look very different as many of the shelves are empty and we are surrounded by labelled boxes! It feels like our move is really happening now!

Here are some photos from the last few days:

Sorting through material in the searchroom

Clearing out the basement


Things are being packed away ready to move


It took a lot of effort to remove our old sign


We then replaced it with a new sign informing users of our closure


The removal men will arrive on Monday to start transporting everything to the Hive. We will be back in touch next week to let you know how things have gone.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

What does the History Centre mean to you?

The History Centre closed its doors for the last time on Saturday, 21st April:


It was nice to see lots of familiar faces on our last day, and to meet some new ones too! All the staff would like to thank everyone who has supported the work of the History Centre over the past 11 years, and we hope to see you all at The Hive when we reopen in July.




During the last few weeks, we have been collecting your memories of the History Centre by asking 'What does the History Centre mean to you?'. You can view the responses we gathered here in our online exhibition. Here are a few examples:




Thank you to everyone that took the time to submit a response, it means a lot to us to hear your thoughts on our service.

Monday, 23 April 2012

Video tour at The Hive... Part 2

Things have been busy here at the Archive Service lately, with our History Centre closing to the public for the final time on Saturday 21st April. They will now be working hard to pack up everything ready to move to The Hive to join the rest of the service. Remember, we will be back open to the public in July but for now you can keep up-to-date with any developments here on the blog, or on our Twitter page.

Here is a video preview of our new searchroom at The Hive. You will notice that we now have two key searchroom areas:
  • An Original Document searchroom, where users will be able to view original documents during staffed opening hours;
  • And a Self-Service area where users can view surrogate copies of our most popular sources on microfilm and CD, such as parish registers, newspapers and wills. These will be available for the whole of The Hive's opening hours, from 8am until 10pm.

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What do you think of our new public spaces? We're excited to see how they will be used and how things will differ from our previous locations. Don't forget, our experienced staff will still be on hand to guide researchers when we reopen.


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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Video tour at The Hive... part one

We're back with another of our video tours. This time we are taking you around the new strongrooms at The Hive. You will see that the shelves have now been filled, although there is still plenty of work for us to do to get them all in order and ready for when we open in the summer.


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This is the first of our video tours at The Hive and we'll be back soon with another one to show you around our new searchroom and public areas.

Don't forget to leave us a comment if there is anything you would like to see here on the blog!

Music supplied by:
light banjo (Alastair Cameron) / CC BY 3.0