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Firms compete for £1.77m archive job
10:50am Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
SIX firms are in the running to carry out a £1.77 million transformation of York’s historic archives by building a new store at the city’s main library alongside public spaces.
The company which secures the City of York Council contract will start work at York Explore in late November. The scheme involves refurbishing the building’s first floor to provide climate-controlled space for York’s priceless archives, which date from 1155 and include manuscripts, maps and photographs.
The extension, which has been awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £1.6 million grant, would also house local and family records.
Access to York Explore’s archives room will be limited between September 30 and October 6 as part of the work, but it will then reopen for study and computer use until contractors start work later in the year.
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