Possible relocation for part of Bury records office archives

The Bury Records Office, Raingate Street, Bury. ENGANL00120131125163926
The Bury Records Office, Raingate Street, Bury. ENGANL00120131125163926

Plans to relocate part of the Suffolk Records Office in Bury St Edmunds to a new research facility in Ipswich are to be discussed by county councillors next week.

A storage annexe at the office, in Raingate Street, would be closed down and its inventory moved to a new facility at University Campus Suffolk.

However, Cllr Sarah Stamp, county councillor for Hardwick, said the main office in Bury will stay open in its ‘current form’ with ‘no changes anticipated’.

“I and the Bury records office staff are committed to making sure the office stays open,” she said.

The cost of the new Suffolk Research Centre has been estimated at around £17 million. It is expected to be completed in 2019.

The proposals have been put forward due to the current Suffolk Records Office centres in Ipswich, Bury and Lowestoft nearing their archive storage capacity.

It is understood that a lot of the stock to be moved from the storage annexe in Bury comprises archaeological artefacts and the majority of documents, including those containing sensitive information, will remain at the office.