The Community and Customer Services Committee agreed earlier today (Tuesday 19 August) that the Ewart Library will be the site for the Council’s new Archive Centre. The Ewart, in Catherine Street in Dumfries was selected ahead of 3 other sites on the shortlist for the new Centre.

ewart-frontThe new site will Increase public access to Archives and Local Studies as well as contribute towards the regeneration of Dumfries and cultural tourism. The Archive Centre is set to hold more than 6km of records in a space of around 800 square metres.

A Stage One Heritage Lottery Fund application will now be submitted by our Council, after the Ewart site was given the green light. A report will also be presented to the September meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee to request the commitment of match-funding for the project.

Speaking after the meeting, Chairman of Community and Customer Services Committee Tom McAughtrie said,

” I am delighted that the site for the Archive Centre has been approved at today’s meeting. The new Centre is an excellent addition to Dumfries and Galloway, and will give locals and visitors alike easy access to records. With digitalisation now playing a key part in the keeping of records, a state of the art Archive Centre is exactly what our Council needs.”

The September meeting of the Policy and Resources Committee is due to take place on Tuesday 16 September in council Offices, Dumfries.
To view the report that was presented to Elected Members at today’s meeting please visit;

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