Since April, our building site has been re-activated, with our new contractors, Beard Construction.
As a result there has been plenty of activity on site. The tarmacking is complete at the back of the building with the front scheduled in the week beginning 22 July. We know that visitors and volunteers will be particularly pleased when this is done.
Other parts of the building have come a long way since last year. The new strongrooms are now nearly complete and three miles of new shelving has been installed.
The new entrance is nearing completion with the windows and doors now fitted. It's possible to get a real sense of the lovely light and airy space this will be. One of the new murals, the Donor Tree, designed by Imogen Harvey-Lewis, will be painted on the wall to the right as you enter the main building. Imogen will be on site to complete the final artworks for the Arts Council England funded artist project which also includes artwork on the boundary wall at the front of the building.
Other spaces also nearly finished include the Dunrossil Centre, Gloucestershire Family History Society’s office, the Registration Service's new office and the Chester-Masterson room where volunteers from the Police Archive will be based.
Although we have been enjoying many of the new facilities for well over a year now it is still an exciting prospect to know it will soon be completely finished. We are so looking forward to August when visitors and staff can fully enjoy the beautiful new building.
We are grateful to Gloucestershire County Council, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and our other funders for making this possible.
The building is only part of our 'For the Record' project. We will continue to deliver the associated Activity Plan until December 2020. Further details of opportunities to get involved are included in this newsletter and on the website.