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Posted by Kim Winter, Friday 6th October, 2017

Bright future for Lambeth Archives

Lambeth Archives in Minet Library

Image: Oval Partnership

A new purpose built home for Lambeth Archives is to be constructed at 301 Kennington Lane in Vauxhall.  This was agreed by Lambeth Council’s Cabinet on 2 October following an in-depth consultation on the future of the archive, which is currently based at Minet Library in very overcrowded conditions.

A shortlist of options was examined by archive specialists Creative Cultures, and after local groups expressed a desire for a single-site archive, the new site was agreed to make the archives more accessible and fit for purpose in the 21st century.

Bill Linskey, Chair of Lambeth Local History Forum, said:  “The Lambeth Local History Forum is very pleased… cabinet agrees with our three main concerns: the importance of the archives, not having a split site, and not involving a temporary location.

“We hope that this will now progress as quickly as possible to keep the memory of the borough safe and accessible for future generations.”

FoWG are pleased with this decision. We have benefited greatly from the expertise of the archives over the past years.