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Get involved with new plans for local archive services
Thursday 18th June, 2015

Residents are being invited to learn more about exciting proposals for the borough’s archives and local studies services which will play a key part in the regeneration of Leigh town centre.

Wigan Council’s Archives and Local Studies team is hosting two events for residents to find out more about the scheme – one at Leigh Town Hall on Thursday 25 June from 6pm-7.45pm and one at the Museum of Wigan Life on Wednesday 8 July from 2pm-4pm.

The first stage of the proposals will see the local studies service move out of Leigh Library and join the archives team at Leigh Town Hall.

The team will apply for a major grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the next stage of the project, match funded by Wigan Council.

A new public searchroom will be located on the ground floor of the Town Hall, in space currently occupied by Leigh Life Centre. Life Centre services will move into Leigh Library as part of the Leigh Campus Project and the renovation of Leigh Town Hall.

Archives will also take over the use of the four vacant shop units on the Market Street side of Leigh Town Hall. The ground floor spaces of these units will be merged into a new exhibition space for archive and museum collections, largely relating to Leigh, and a new muti-purpose meeting, education and learning room.

The final element of the project will see the basements of the vacant shop units converted into new storage for the Archives and Local Studies teams.

Cllr Paul Kenny, Wigan Council’s Cabinet member for resources, said: “These proposals will offer exciting opportunities for the teams to innovate in customer service. They will also play a key role in the rejuvenation of the town centre, which is really important as we promised as part of the Deal to help support the local economy to grow. I’d encourage local people to go along to the information events to find out more.”

Wigan Local Studies, at the Museum of Wigan Life, will not be affected by these proposals.

If you would like to find out more about the scheme but are unable to attend one of the information events, please e-mail archives@wigan.gov.uk or call 01942 404430.


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