State-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties

Who Do You Think You Are? Magazine - - VISITING ARCHIVES -

An un­prece­dented num­ber of new ar­chives have been built in the last few years, cre­at­ing in­spir­ing workspaces. Most re­cently, Here­ford­shire Ar­chive and Records Cen­tre won the West Mid­lands RIBA award thanks to its Pas­sivhaus de­sign ( www.here­ford­shire.gov.uk/ ar­chives). Since the Pub­lic Record Of­fice of North­ern Ire­land (pic­tured) scooped a RIBA award in 2012, the south of Eng­land has also reaped the ben­e­fits of in­vest­ment in in­fra­struc­ture with the open­ing of Kent His­tory and Li­brary Cen­tre, Som­er­set Her­itage Cen­tre and The Keep in Brighton. At the glis­ten­ing golden Hive in Worces­ter, you can ex­plore the county’s his­tory back to the Ice Age us­ing the lat­est tech­nolo­gies. It brings the county’s li­brary ser­vice, ar­chae­ol­ogy depart­ment and His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Record to­gether un­der one roof ( www.worces­ter­shire.gov.uk/info/20019/ archives_and_re­search).

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