Lottery success for Cheshire Archives Service

19 September 2019

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies has received the go-ahead from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for the next stage in delivering an ambitious new vision for archives. 

This decision is a step further to realising the exciting plans to transform access to the collections and ensure their preservation for future generations.

Cheshire Archives and Local Studies looks after Cheshire’s unique and irreplaceable written and pictorial history. 

The project – Cheshire’s archives: a story shared, will see Cheshire East and Cheshire West and Chester Councils create two new history centres in Chester and Crewe. 

The centre in Chester will replace the current facility, which is no longer fit for purpose, while Crewe will receive a completely new centre. 
Locations for the centres have been identified at the site of the former Enterprise Centre, Hoole Road, Chester, and the site of the old Crewe Library.

These sites would service an improved outreach and digital programme, giving greater access to Cheshire’s history.
 
As well as making sure that this is preserved for future generations, the new buildings will help: 
  • A greater and more diverse range of people using the archive
  • Learning opportunities for residents
  • Opportunities to develop and exchange skills
  • The chance to transform the way the service works
  • Better outcomes for people’s health and wellbeing
Councillor Louise Gittins, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council and Cabinet Member for Wellbeing said: “We’ve been very proud to host the archive services in Chester for seventy years, but our current location is no longer able to meet the expectation and requirements of the many people who access this service. 

“The new facilities will help us to revolutionise access and share the evidence of our story with a wider audience today and for future generations.” 

Councillor Jill Rhodes, Cabinet Member with responsibility for archives at Cheshire East Council said: “We’re delighted that we’ve received this support thanks to National Lottery players and it is absolutely tremendous news for residents in both east and west. 

“It will be fantastic to see the site in Crewe become such a valuable resource, helping us to celebrate our heritage while supporting town centre regeneration and the Crewe Cultural Strategy.”

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