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  • "Insiders say the council hand is being forced because inspectors have lambasted the council for not looking after precious artifacts adequately. They have put our heritage at risk for years. The best solution would probably be to amalgate the care of artifacts with a neighbouring council such as Worcestershire as they would be better looked after and the council could save £8m it cannot afford in building new premises to house them (although surely there are enough empty or unused premises in the council that could serve the purpose)."
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Update - Herefordshire's archive office move get thumbs up

How the archive centre at Rotherwas will look

How the archive centre at Rotherwas will look

First published in News

A NEW chapter in Herefordshire’s history books can begin after plans for an £8 million archive centre were approved this morning.

The county’s archive and records service will move to a new home in Rotherwas after Herefordshire Council branded the current Harold Street base “not fit for purpose”.

The new venue on Fir Tree Lane will also boast a dedicated educational room and improved access for the public.

Local member Councillor Peter Sinclair-Knipe told members of the council’s planning committee he was staggered at the amount of material that is stored by the service.

A recent 18-month restoration project saw more than 100,000 individual items checked, almost 4,000 wills wrapped and around five kilometres of archive tape used.

But the move wasn’t unanimously supported by the committee.

Coun Felicity Norman raised concern the new home would be out-of-town and hard to get to.  


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