Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Shropshire Council seeks to reduce archive opening hours

Shropshire Council is proposing to reduce its archive's opening hours to just twenty hours a week. They have launched a consultation process online, which can be accessed at (link now dead - see below)

From the consultation page:

Budget reductions, part of the overall spending pressures on Shropshire Council, require a major adjustment in staffing and functions at Shropshire Archives. Inevitably this means a reduction in the service’s opening hours. We are seeking people’s views on three options and inviting them to suggest a fourth, one of which will be in place from April 2014. The consultation closes on Sunday 23 March 2014.

If you are likely to be affected by these cuts, please do respond before March 23rd.

(With thanks to Martin James via the UK Professional Researchers in Genealogy, Family & Local History group on Linked In)

UPDATE: The previous link above is now dead - to access the survey visit and access the How to get Involved section


My latest genealogy books are Tracing Your Family History on the Internet (2nd ed), Discover Scottish Civil Registration Records, and Tracing Your Irish Family History on the Internet. My next Pharos course is Scottish Research Online, which commences Feb 27th 2014, 5 weeks, price £45.99.


  1. Thanks for this Chris. This affects my research and I'd love to see the proposals and put my views but the link is broken. This is what happens on clicking;

    Server Error
    404 - File or directory not found.
    The resource you are looking for might have been removed, had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable.

  2. They've changed the link- I've added the following to the previous post:

    UPDATE: The previous link above is now dead - to access the survey visit and access the How to get Involved section