Late 1990s – The Concept
Centre project began with a new vision for archives and local
studies in Hull. The Hull Local History Liaison Group, a
cross-domain and cross-sector group, was established, in the late
1990s. This followed an awareness that services and facilities for
archives and local history within Hull were fragmented, leading to
duplication of effort, inefficiencies and a lack of co-ordinated
During 1999 the concept was developed of a new
joint service provided by the City Council and the University in
collaboration, bringing together the holdings and services
currently divided between Hull City Archives, Hull Local Studies
Library and Hull University Archives.
and 2001 project work focussed on background research; consultation
with staff, users, non-users, stakeholders across the city and
region; assessments of space and functional requirements for a new
service; investigation of possible funding streams; and evaluation
of possible buildings and sites across the city.
A survey of users and the general public in
Hull, carried out in November 2000 showed that 96% agreed with our
proposals to merge the three services, that a central location was
preferred and that they would use the merged repository joint more
than they currently did. The clearest message from the survey was
that a new building should provide a broad range of facilities and
A detailed set of criteria, based on the
professional standards for storing archives (BS5454:2000) was
produced to enable comparisons between possible buildings and
sites. These criteria included location, proximity to potential
hazards, internal physical environments, floor loadings and size.
Location was of particular importance, given the aim of overcoming
physical barriers to access to archives.