Click on the plan below to explore that section of the
The building is arranged around a simple plan - on each floor
rooms are laid out along a central corridor or axis. All the public
areas including the local studies library, search room, education spaces and
staff facilities are
on the ground floor, easily reached from the arcade. The conservation unit is also on the ground
floor whilst the archive storage area is on the first floor, well
protected from flood risks and with well insulated blank walls
preventing solar gain.
A key aim for the spaces inside the building was to make them as
accessible as possible to all users. Doorways, room layouts and
furniture were be planned with this in mind.
We hope to add short video "tours" of the different sections of
the building at a later stage - but if you can't wait you
can view the latest photographs of the History
Centre on the History Centre site on