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Archive Closure 15 Jun 2016 17:48 #1

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To prepare for our forthcoming relocation to new premises, the Archive will be closing to visitors from 17.00hrs on Friday 17th June.
We aim to complete the move by the end of the summer.
Further information will be posted as the project progresses.

If any ARG Ltd. Members can assist with the move in any way, please let us know.
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Archive Closure 18 Jun 2016 10:45 #2

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Paul Francis, 2nd in Command, ARG Archive posing on the last public day. Photo: Elisabeth Blanchet

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Archive Closure 18 Jun 2016 11:45 #3

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Paul 'posing'? Never :)

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Archive Closure 27 Jun 2016 16:51 #4

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Please Note:

The Archive has closed temporarily in anticipation of moving. Airfield Research Group Ltd has for some time now been a tenant of Urban & Civic, the firm developing Alconbury Weald (the former RAF Alconbury), at no cost to ourselves. U&C is demolishing most of the existing buildings (except those of course of historic interest which have been "listed") and the turn of Building 56 (home to the archive) has come. Urban & Civic has given us notice, as they are entitled to do, and we must therefore move out of Building 56 by mid-September.

Your Board and Officers are actively discussing with Urban & Civic the possibilities of alternative accommodation at Alconbury but, as a safeguard, are also exploring alternatives elsewhere. These alternatives may sadly necessitate a short-term move into storage rather than a fully-functioning archive, given the high cost of suitable office space on the open commercial market.

Fuller details of the Board's plans will be given to members at the Annual General Meeting on Sunday 21 August. Members should note that because of the move out of Alconbury, the AGM will be held at the Brampton Institute (full details are in the Calling Notice enclosed in the AR mailing), this information is also published in the members area of the forum.
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Archive Closure 27 Jun 2016 21:36 #5

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I trust that a full photo record of the archive layout will be taken before being dismantled ~ a photo record needs to be taken so that we can recognize what had been archived by the team.

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Harboda77 wrote: I trust that a full photo record of the archive layout will be taken before being dismantled ~ a photo record needs to be taken so that we can recognize what had been archived by the team.


Paul Bellamy already has many pictures and I'm sure he will take more. He and everyone else that has put so much work into to creating this nationally important archive over recent years should be very, very proud of the work they have done. This work needs to be recorded.

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Archive Closure 19 Jul 2016 05:55 #7

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Pleased to read the news about building 534 on FB and the potential 3 year lease potential.

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Archive Closure 19 Jul 2016 09:43 #8

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ARCHIVE RELOCATION UPDATE

Thanks to the continuing support of Urban & Civic, we have been provided with not one but two new facilities on site.

The core archive collections will be moving into Building 534, built in the late 1980s as the Arts and Crafts Center, and we will have an office and display space in Building 519, the 1980s Base Operations Facility. 519 will also house the digital collections.

We will require the assistance of local ARG volunteers over the next month or so with a number of tasks prior to and during the move, so if you can help out please get in touch.
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