£600,000 is spent on new home for archives

Mike Taylor, operations director at Society of St James with the leader of Portsmouth City Council Donna Jones.

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THOUSANDS of pounds has been spent on a new home for the Portsmouth archives.

The historical documents will be moved from their former home, in the records building in Museum Road, Portsmouth, to Southsea library.

Portsmouth City Council has put £600,000 into the new space which has controlled temperature and humidity and will enable work on cataloguing and digitising the collection to be expanded.

This will make it more accessible to residents and researchers.

The new spacious area will enable staff and volunteers to work on them more easily and efficiently.

Cllr Lee Hunt, the council’s cabinet member for culture, leisure and sport, said: ‘This is an important new initiative to improve our management of the city’s unique records and memories.

‘We’re extremely grateful to the archive volunteers for all the work they do on behalf of the city. I hope they will enjoy this new space.’

The space will be completed in November.