Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Update on the Caird Library opening hours

NOTE from DearMYRTLE: The following was received late yesterday from our friends at the Federation of Family History Societies (UK). Please address all inquiries to admin@ffhs.org.uk www.ffhs.org.uk.

Update on the Caird Library opening hours
In August 2008 the National Maritime Museum announced the planned temporary closure of the Caird Library due to the move of the archive and library collections as part of a forthcoming £35 million redevelopment of the Museum's South West Wing.

This capital project involves the complete refurbishment of the current South West Wing, upgrading its conservation, storage and library services. Over the longer term the new wing, which will include a new research and reading room, will offer a significantly improved customer service to its users.

Before construction work begins on the new wing, many of the collections will need to be moved to offsite storage. This involves packing, documenting and relocating over 3,000 linear metres of archive and library material - over 300,000 items - a considerable task. The work requires the specialist skills of archive and library staff, as well as collections staff, and is a major undertaking for the Museum.

Over the past few weeks, the South West Wing Project’s anticipated work programme has been firmed up and this has given some extra flexibility in regard to the Caird Library decant. The revised Library service provision can be found by visiting; http://www.nmm.ac.uk/about/sammy-ofer-wing/caird-library-opening-hours.

Maggie Loughran
Joint Administrator,
Federation of Family History Societies
admin@ffhs.org.uk www.ffhs.org.uk