Wednesday 21 November 2012

City of York Archives temporary closure from Feb 2013

Thanks to Wendy Archer for the following news concerning the suspension of public access to City of York Archives in early 2013.

City of York Archives is moving from its current storage location at City Art Gallery to allow refurbishment of the facility, and to remove material from the constant threat of flooding. As such, public access to the archives is to be temporarily suspended from February 1st 2013 to allow staff time to prepare the collections for the move. Further information is available at

The closure will only affect original archive documents stored at the Art Gallery. All local history material held at York Explore (York Central Library) will remain available for use as normal. This will include all local history books and journals, trade directories, newspapers, electoral rolls and family history resources. Some archive items are now available on microfilm or as published copies and these will also be available at York Explore. Guides will be published in due course to explain what is available.

The length of the closure is not yet known, but the facility hopes to have answers on that front by Christmas. For regular updates, sign up to the site's York: Gateway to History site at


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