26 June 2016

Future of Lambeth Archives and Minet site to be decided in new study

Lambeth council has launched a new study to determine the long term future of the borough’s archives and the future use of the Minet site.

The council has confirmed that following lobbying from local councillors and residents, it will pause proposals to convert the Minet library site into a healthy living centre with community space and a library service until after the study has concluded in September.

Lambeth’s historical archives are made up of thousands of documents, artefacts and photographs from Lambeth’s history. You can find out more about them here.

According to a statement from Lambeth council:
 
“Lambeth Archives Option Appraisal have been commisstioned to help decide where the best long-term home for the Archives would be. Working with local community groups, including historical societies and the Friends of Minet, the aim is to find a cost effective option to ensure Lambeth Archives is able to improve standards of collection care, maintain its high service to customers and seek to expand its audience reach. The Archives currently remain open to the public, despite Minet Library being closed. The exact future of the Minet building will be decided once the Archives study is complete, so the best use of the building can be properly assessed. It is still proposed that a Neighbourhood Library will re-open in the building in 2017.”
 
Cllr Sonia Winifred, Special Projects Lead, responsible for the study, said:

“Securing a long term future for the Archives is hugely important. So many seminal moments in history have happened in Lambeth and the Archives are a treasure trove of information about all of it.”

Local councillors – Jacqui Dyer, Paul Gadsby and Annie Gallop – said:

“Given the importance of the archives to Lambeth, it is important we get the decision right about their long term future after the huge government cuts to our budget. This also affects what happens to the future of the Minet site and what services look like there, so we are pleased that Lambeth has both agreed to wait to decide the future of the Minet and work with local groups, such as the Friends of Minet, to shape a solution for the future.”