Crewe History Centre
Cheshire East Council is advancing plans for Crewe to be the location of a new state-of-the art history centre to co-host the region’s archive.
Cheshire Archives and Local Studies, a shared service of Cheshire East Council and Cheshire West and Chester Council (CWaC), needs a new home as its current one in Duke Street, Chester, is no longer fit for purpose. Proposals have been developed to rehouse the archive in two new bespoke history centres – one in Crewe and one in Chester.
These would be climate-controlled environments to house the collections, better display them and make them more interactive and accessible to the public.
The scheme, if approved, would be funded by each local authority, alongside funding currently being sought through a bid for a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant. Crewe’s History Centre is likely to be located at the former Library site in the town centre.
The Crewe history centre would specifically reflect the story and heritage of the communities of Cheshire East. This would include:
- a large gallery space to host cultural exhibitions of regional and national interest, workshops and talks
- railway archives for Crewe and the local region and archives relating to the development of the town over the past 180 years
- access to film and sound archives
- local newspapers and photographs
- supervised access to archive materials not on display
- a potential home for the Family History Society of Cheshire, with access to its genealogical resources and expertise