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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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Cheshire's archives: a story shared
In September 2019 we heard the news that we had been awarded a development phase grant of £544,000 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to progress our project to create two new history centres in Chester and Crewe. The centre in Chester will replace the current facility in Duke Street, Chester, which is no longer fit for purpose, while Crewe will receive a completely new centre.
The development grant helps the Councils to deliver the vision for Cheshire’s archives. Central to this vision is the need to a) provide new premises for the Archives service, its activities and the collections, and b) bring collections closer to people. 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 2021 will, if successful, fund the delivery of the project.
We have produced a set of frequently asked questions relating to this move.
This website is run in partnership between Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East Councils.