Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Sheffield City Archives is reopening on Monday 12th October 2020

We’re delighted to announce that we will be reopening the public searchroom at Sheffield City Archives on Monday 12th October 2020.  We have been working hard to make sure you can resume your archival research in a safe environment.  There have been some changes and the service is somewhat restricted, at least for now.  However, we’re keen that everyone gets the opportunity to access the archives and will do our best to accommodate your research requirements (including the continuation of remote enquiries by email if you don’t feel able to come in just yet).

For now, researchers must book an appointment in advance to see archive material.  Email us to book a time slot:

·       We are currently offering morning or afternoon research sessions of two hours duration - start and end times will be staggered to ensure there are no queues at Reception.

·       We’re asking that researchers provide the document reference numbers for the items they wish to see in advance.  We appreciate this might not be easy, but the archives team will help you beforehand to identify documents and point you in the right direction.  However, it’s important to reiterate that you can only consult pre-ordered documents.  If you require more documents you will have to book another appointment at least 72 hours in advance. If in doubt, just ask - we want you to get the most out of your session!

·       To comply with track and trace regulations we will ask for your telephone number as a condition of booking.  On arrival you can check in with the NHS Test and Trace service with your smart phone if you wish.

·       You will need to wear a face mask at all times.  If you forget to bring one, staff can provide you with one.

·       Unfortunately we aren’t able to provide toilet facilities at this time.  The nearest toilets are at Sheffield Railway Station and Pond Street Bus Station.

·       Please bring your own pencil and note paper.

·       Please sanitise your hands on arrival and departure.

·       Please maintain a two-metre distance with staff and other researchers.

·       You will be allotted a table number (and locker) and your documents will be waiting for you.

·       There is no access to our computers for now.  We have free WiFi so you can connect to the internet via your own device if you have one.

·       Likewise, there will be no access to microfilms, microfiche or readers for now.

·       There will be no access to catalogues or the searchroom library unless you pre-book specific items in advance.

·       You are welcome to take photographs of documents (with staff permission) and photocopying facilities are available.  Please ask a member of staff and they’ll be happy to assist you.

·       Unfortunately we do not have facilities to accept card payments so you may wish to consider bringing some cash with you.

Sorry this is such a long list of instructions, but it is imperative we keep you safe.

Finally, we just wanted to say how excited we are to be welcoming you back.  It’s been a long time and we’ve missed you all!  Roll on Monday…

Sheffield City Archives

52 Shoreham Street


S1 4SP

Tel. 0114 203 9395 (Mon-Sat, 9:30 - 5:30)


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