No small print with our new microfilm readers

New state-of-the-art microfilm readers are to be installed in Hull History Centre following funding agreed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, which is part of the £7.7m History Centre project.

The History Centre will be the first facility to have this latest model which will be easier to use than existing equipment, with simple film loading, touch-screen technology for viewing and the capacity to zoom-in on hard-to-read sections. The quality of copies will improve significantly for readers.

Due to the disruption this will cause within the centre, the decision has been made to close it to the public on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 July.

the current microfilm readers in the History Centre

Councillor David Gemmell, Chair of the History Centre Board of Governance said: “This is a great opportunity to modernise our provision of access to microfilms. The installation is quite a big undertaking so we felt it would be less disruptive to customers if we closed the centre for a couple of days. “We apologise for the inconvenience but think that the public will appreciate this major improvement to our service.”

Many of the History Centre’s resources are consulted in microfilm. Back copies of the Hull Daily Mail and are heavily used and have to be microfilmed to preserve the originals. Papers for the period 2010-12 and copies of Flashback up to the end of 2012 will be available to view on microfilm when the History Centre re-opens to the public on Saturday 6 July.

Find out the History of Hull newspapers and details of our newspaper holdings