Harrow Green begins major archive relocation for the city of Hull, bringing together library, city archive and university collections into a £10 million new local history centre.
In a massive and historically significant relocation project, Harrow Green has been awarded the prestigious contract to relocate the Hull Local Studies Library, the Hull City Archives and the University of Hull Archives into one building in the centre of the city, to be known as the Hull History Centre.
Thanks to a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £7.7m and another £3m of matched funding, the new building will have 13km of shelving in atmospherically controlled storage space to house thousands of rare and historically important books, as well as maps, newspapers, theatre playbills, records, family papers, illustrations, 100,000 photographs and, among other important local collections, the letters of pioneering aviator Amy Johnson.
“We are delighted to be associated with this inspiring project,” commented Philip Marston of Harrow Green’s Leeds office. “Our experience of previous heritage projects helped us win this important contract, and we are looking forward to working with the history and archive team to make these rich resources more accessible in their new location.”
The move, requiring the specialist handling and relocation of a wide range of historical and unique documents, will commence in November for completion over a three month period. The Hull History Centre is due to open fully early in 2010.