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The Cheshire Archives & Local Studies service identifies, collects and cares for archives and publications that are the evidence of Cheshire communities’ lives past and present. We deliver access for all to our collections for information, learning and enjoyment and work to make sure archives survive so that future generations will be able to do the same.

We are a shared service of Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils.

The service is also responsible for delivering the archives service for Warrington and Halton boroughs.

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Central to our vision for Cheshire’s archives is providing new premises for the Archives service, its activities and the collections, and bringing collections closer to people. The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and fits closely with their aims and ambitions for people, heritage and communities that have been developed with input from National Lottery players.

We have been awarded a development phase grant of £544,000 to progress our project to create two new history centres in Chester and Crewe. 

The grant will help fund the development of plans for the new centres in more detail and pilot a range of activities across both boroughs to engage people with their histories through archives. 

A further grant application to the National Lottery Heritage Fund in the second half of 2022 will, if successful, fund the delivery of the project.

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Latest update: January 2022

We reached an important milestone for the project in December when it passed a formal review with the National Lottery Heritage Fund. This allows us to proceed with the rest of the development phase. We will continue to speak to our target audiences, develop additional interpretation proposals and start to consult more widely about the proposed new centres in Chester and Crewe. The best way to keep in touch is via our social media channels and via our Newsletter, which you can subscribe to here. You can also get in touch about the project via archivesproject@cheshiresharedservices.gov.uk.

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