Renovations, reduced services, coming to Lambton County archives

The six-week, $200,000 project will double the archives’ capacity

(Travis Poland/Lambton Shield)

The Lambton County Archives is advising services will be limited during a six-week renovation period beginning May 15.

The Archives has been at capacity for several years and is installing a mobile shelving unit that will more than double the facility’s storage ability.

During the renovation, staff will not be able to access the collections storage, however, staff can still assist researchers with access to reference books, the microfilm collection, and online services.

The total investment in the project is $206,910. Money is coming from the County of Lambton and the Government of Canada’s Cultural Spaces Fund.

Dana Thorne, an archivist with Lambton County, was busy getting ready for the project when she spoke to the Lambton Shield Friday morning.

“We’ve been planning this for several years now,” said Thorne. “It’s really exciting that we’re able to move forward.”

Right now, the Archives is home to nearly 600 bound newspapers, 1300 bankers boxes of information, 92 photography boxes, 226 land record ledgers, and much more.

“There’s a lot of stuff and we have to move it all,” Thorne said.

The Archives see 2500 to 2700 visitors and inquiries each year, said Thorne. While most visitors come looking for information about their family history, the Archives regularly gets questions about specific properties and local history.

If anyone wants to donate material to the archives, Thorne said it’s best to wait until the renovations are complete.

Renovations will be done by the end of June or mid-July, she said.

The Lambton County Archives is open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday evening 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., and Saturday afternoons from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.  For more information on Lambton County Archives, visit LambtonArchives.ca.

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