The archive service will close for stock taking and cataloguing in January

Herefordshire’s Archive Service will close for stocktaking this January.

The archives hold thousands of maps which are used for historical searches and investigations into planning and current rights of way. Archive staff will use the closure time to transfer a large collection of 20th century maps, currently in storage in Hereford Library, so that they can be viewed at Herefordshire Archive and Records Centre (HARC). The closure will also see the cataloguing of Herefordshire County Council files from the 1930s onwards.

Senior Archivist Rhys Griffith said:

“It’s easy to forget that the archives include some relatively modern material. Some of the files which will be made available to the public for the first time document the campaign to save the old Herefordshire County Council. The heated discussions included a debate about the name of the new authority, with ‘Malvernshire’ being one of the suggestions.”

While the temporary closure takes place, essential maintenance tasks and modifications to the reception area will also take place. During this time the research room will be closed to the public, although enquiries will still be answered by email and telephone.

Herefordshire’s Archive Service will close for stocktaking at 4.45pm on Friday 11 January and reopen at 9.15am on Tuesday 29 January.

The spring programme of events, including the ever popular family history training sessions and a workshop on memoir writing, will start in early February. Call 01432 260750 or email

For glimpses into gems from the archive and to find out about events, follow the Herefordshire Archives Facebook page @herefordshirearchives

Published: Friday, 21st December 2018