Issue details

Lambeth Archives Options Appraisal

An Options Appraisal has recently been commissioned for the Lambeth Archives Service as part of the Culture 2020 delivery programme approved by Cabinet in October 2015. This decision report will present the findings of this appraisal, review the options identified and make recommendations for the future long-term home for the Archives Service.

It is generally recognised that the present location for the borough archives are not fit for purpose and the storage conditions do not meet the necessary standards.

Taking into account the Council’s overall requirements in delivering an effective Archives Service, this report will make recommendations for the preferred option for the future location of the service, based on the capacity to fulfil the following criteria:

• Affordability both in terms of the capital and revenue required of the council to maintain both the service and facilities.
• Improved accessibility
• Utilising new technologies and address preservation and storage of current digital and born-digital records
• Maximising income generation
• Providing a destination where people can access the service, discover and learn about local identity and heritage
• Meeting the necessary standards for archive storage
• Be of sufficient capacity to house the existing collection and its projected expansion

Decision type: Key

Reason Key: 4. Both, Financial and Community Impact;

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Notice of proposed decision first published: 13/04/2017

Anticipated restriction: Part exempt  - View reasons

Decision due: 2 Oct 2017 by Cabinet

Lead member: Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture

Lead director: Strategic Director: Neighbourhoods and Growth

Department: Neighbourhoods & Growth

Contact: Dawn Bunce, Arts Partnership Officer 020 7926 0760; Email: Email: Tel: 020 7926 0760.


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