A major consultation has been launched on what the North Yorkshire Archives service of the future would look like.
Currently the county archives are housed in the County Record Office at Northallerton in a building that is in need of a complete overhaul so that it can continue to maintain important and irreplaceable documents in a secure and controlled environment. Some of the documents held are centuries old and provide a unique insight into 800 years of North Yorkshire’s history.
The archives service needs to ensure that in consulting on its future provision, it makes as many links as it can to the wider heritage offer available across the county through the wealth of established heritage groups and providers.
The service is also keen to take advantage of the greater access opportunities offered by improved broadband coverage across the county, by allowing online digital access to the service and its unique collections. The archivesd service wants to know what its partners, users and non-users would like to see provided by a digital age record office. It is also wishes to learn from the many dedicated enthusiastic heritage groups and volunteers how it can better support their needs in preserving the heritage of local communities.
Cllr Greg White, Executive Member for the Archives service says:
“I want to ensure that North Yorkshire County Council is providing the best possible place where our unique and historic collection can be preserved for use by generations to come. For this reason we need to use this opportunity to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to participate in this consultation and to let us know what they would like to see delivered from the record office in the future; particularly what types of activity they would be interested in getting involved in."
Give us your views
The survey is open to anyone, both as an individual and as a group with an interest in the archival heritage of North Yorkshire.
Deadline for comments
The closing date is Monday 4 June 2018.