Closure - Report

6th December 2010

The library and search room at Hull History Centre were closed to the public for a week to allow staff to undertake some of the essential behind-the-scenes activities that we could not do whilst we are open simply becuase of the scale of the task or disruption to the normal service. 

Closure closure

So what have we achieved?

Hull City Archives: The City Archives staff have spent the time sorting and arranging the City Council records which involved moving over 3,000 boxes and re-arranging them on 586 linear metres of shelving. We can now progress with cataloguing the material and making them accessible to the public in the searchroom.

Local Studies Library: We have sorted a deposited collection of 1500 microfilm of wills 1796-1903 to make it available to customers. Re-organised over 400 metres of stock to make it easier and quicker to retrieve and added new books to stock. We have also put in order thousands of microfiche and other items of stock.

University Archives: We re-organised the outsize material and moved photographic material into the specialist storage area for photographic and AV material. Over 9000 catalogue records created by volunteers from NADFAS relating to Mark Sykes are now available to search by keyword and date on our online catalogue, or you can browse them by typing the reference U DDSY/x2/1/* into the advanced search facility.

We have also updated and re-printed over 30 catalogues so that they are presented in a consistent style across the History Centre. 

Every book, item and archive box moved also meant updating our locations information so that we can find the material in its new home quickly and easily. 

The front of house conducted a through clean of the building.