Our Vision Background

About the service

The Archive and Heritage Service comprises:

  • Staffordshire County Museum
  • Staffordshire Record Office
  • Stoke on Trent City Archives
  • Lichfield Record Office
  • William Salt Library (a charitable library run on behalf of the William Salt Library Trust)
  • Burton Family and Local History Centre

The Archive and Heritage Service includes the Archive Service, jointly funded and managed by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke on Trent City Council, and the County Museum Service funded and managed by Staffordshire County Council.

The William Salt Library is a charitable library owned and managed by the William Salt Library Trust.

The County Council delivers the service and maintains the library building on behalf of the Trust. Together we care for the historic collections of the county and city.

Original vision

In 2014 we consulted on proposals to make changes to the way we delivered our Service. We made an initial bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support our project which was unsuccessful.

On the basis of feedback given to us we developed a new forward vision for our Service for the next ten years, together with stakeholders, including:

  • Trustees of William Salt Library
  • Friends of the William Salt Library
  • Friends of Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Archive Service
  • Lichfield Civic Society
  • Staff of the Archive and Heritage Service

We held a conversation with service users in February 2015, and changes were made to the draft vision as a result.  The Joint Archives Committee considered the revised version of the Vision at their meeting in March 2015, and approved it, subject to minor amendment.

The new vision proposed a plan for:

  • Involving more people in our Service by working in partnership with users, depositors, Friends, councils and trustees.
  • A sustainable service that can be more resilient and able to care for the collections we hold.
  • Buildings that provide the right conditions for our collections and a public service that retains its excellent rating for customer service.
  • Reaching more and new people to enjoy and use our collections taking the Service into communities and working with them to deliver new activities.
  • Improving our online service to offer access to more digitised collections, managing digital records, and reaching people through social media.

A full version of the finalised vision, together with the report to the Joint Archive Committee in March 2015 about the vision, are available at the bottom of the page, under the heading Supporting Documents.

Public consultation 2015

In early June 2015 the Project Board considered the stakeholder group’s assessment of the options for service delivery and selected four options that were put out to formal public consultation.  You can review the options that were consulted on here.

Public consultation took place from 19 June to 14 August 2015, involving a wide a range of people and organisations, users of our onsite and remote services, as well as non-users.

A range of methods of participation were used including an online survey, a paper survey and face-to-face public drop-in sessions that took place across the county.  The consultation acheived 539 formal responses.

The views collected during the consultation have been analysed, and a report entitled "Staffordshire History Centre: consultation findings and update" was approved by the Joint Archives Committee in October 2015.  The report is available as a PDF document on the Joint Archives Committee 22 October 2015 web page.

Bid to Heritage Lottery Fund 2015

Plans were agreed by the Staffordshire Joint Archives Committee on Thursday 22 October that could see the creation of a new History Centre on the existing Records Office site on Eastgate Street in Stafford.

Roberts Limbrick, Architects, were appointed to draw up draft plans for the Staffordshire History Centre.  Please follow the link below to view the proposed plans.

Staffordshire History Centre Proposed Plans

In February 2016 a bid was submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund. The County Council would contribute £412,000 to the cost of the project, with an additional £100,000 coming from the Joint Archives Committee reserves. A further £150,000 is also expected to be raised through other grants, foundations, businesses and charitable trusts.

Outcomes of the bid application

The Heritage Lottery Fund Board met in late May 2016 to consider our bid, and we are delighted that this has been succesful.

The proposed new centre has received earmarked funding of nearly £4million from HLF to create a two-storey link between the Staffordshire Record Office and the William Salt Library in Stafford.

Initial funding of £333,400 will enable the plans to be developed, and an application for the full grant of £3,965,600 will be made at a later date.

Full details of the grant award will be made available on these pages as soon as the details are announced.

Next steps

We will endeavour to keep all service users, stakeholders and the genel public fully updated via these pages, the local media, social media and through other localised channels across the county.

You can also sign up to get email updates at the bottom of this page.

Supporting documents

PDF DocumentArchives & Heritage Service Vision 2015-2025 - final version (PDF, 675 KB)

PDF DocumentReport to Joint Archives Committee March 2015 (PDF, 279 KB)

Options for Delivery Workshop May 2015 is a PDF version of the Powerpoint presentation delivered at the workshop, which includes a brief summary of the nine options considered.

PDF DocumentOptions for Delivery Workshop May 2015 (PDF, 67kb)

Options for Delivery of the Vision May 2015 is a detailed description of the nine options considered.

PDF DocumentOptions for Delivery of the Vision May 2015 (PDF, 108kb)

Options Appraisal Sheet Workshop May 2015 is a blank scoring sheet used by each of the groups at the two workshops.

PDF DocumentOptions Appraisal Sheet Workshop May 2015 (PDF, 47kb)

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