Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre (HARC) has recently moved into new premises, where researchers can explore the history of the county in an environment that is so energy-efficient that the whole building is run on only one domestic gas boiler.
The new centre offers a range of social and community outreach programmes, a dedicated educational room and improved facilities and access for the public. It also houses the county's archaeology unit, the historic environment record and the biological records centre, allowing visitors access to all these records in one place.
The 7,800 archive collections date back to the 12th century and occupy over two miles of shelving. They include parish registers, probate records and a vast range of other material, giving enormous scope for anyone interested in their family history in the county.
You can find further details of what HARC has to offer at the Herefordshire Archives and Records website.
The building has already won a number of awards – a West Midlands RIBA award for architecture, plus two other awards for value and sustainability. Value-wise, the Arts Council say that a purpose-built archive normally costs about £3,000 per square metre; HARC has cost only £1,950 per square metre.
HARC was officially opened by the Duke of Kent, who can be seen in the right hand side of the picture of the search room along with some of the members of the public who are enjoying the vastly improved facilities.
FFHS Archives Liaison
16 October 2015