Issue - meetings

Staffordshire History Centre update

Meeting: 02/08/2023 - Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Archives Committee (Item 28)

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Joint report of the Director for Economy, Infrastucture and Skills (Staffordshire County Council) and Director of Strategy and Resources (Stoke-on-Trent City Council)


The Committee considered a report by the Lead Officers on the progress of the development of the Staffordshire History Centre which would bring together the Staffordshire Records Office and the County Council’s Archives Service.


Activities continued to be delivered with highlights being the successful ‘Case for the Ordinary’ touring exhibition on the patients’ experience in the County’s three asylums, and the new Rugeley Power Station exhibition at the Cannock Chase Museum.


Volunteers continued to play a vital role in delivering services and supporting the development of the new Centre with 69 volunteers donating £80,490 worth of resource which contributed to the match funding arrangements for the project.


Construction works were on schedule with additional work which had been identified being funded from contingency budgets and not expected to cause any overall delay.


A full procurement process was underway for the new website for the Centre, in the meantime a microsite had been launched to ensure continuity of service information to the public and to promote public interest in the development works.


Concluding, the Lead Officers reported on funding claims submitted in relation to the £520,000 spend to date, commenting on the positive feedback received from the Heritage Fund on both the standard of funding claims and the work being undertaken with young people.


The Chairman made particular reference to the pleasing progress of the construction works, welcoming the introduction of a timelapse camera to promote public engagement.


Resolved – That the Update report be noted.