Kingston History Centre sets vision for future of treasured archives

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The development and continued protection of Kingston’s treasured archive and collections were given the formal seal of approval at Growth Committee on Thursday 28 September.

The policies agreed at committee highlight Kingston Heritage Service’s vision to continue to build a collection which is representative of the borough, preserve the existing stock and widen its reach.

Cllr Andy Johnson-Creek, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Culture at Kingston Council, said:

“This is an excellent step for the history centre and a brilliant way to future-proof Kingston’s culture for years to come. Since relocating the service into the Guildhall in October 2015, we have seen a 30% jump in the number of visitors through the door, which is great, but we’re now more focused than ever on expanding and sharing our rich history. Almost 2,000 people took part in our outreach activities in 2016 alone.

“Kingston is bidding to be the London Borough of Culture and it’s key that we shout far and wide about our borough and its rich history and exciting future.”

Building on the success of the history centre, upcoming projects include taking part in The National Archives’ ‘Explore Your Archives’ campaign in November and working with Kingston Museum to mark 100 years since women won the right to vote.

Capture Kingston, the heritage service’s annual photography competition in collaboration with the Friends of Kingston Museum, is live until 30 October and is calling for photos with the theme of ‘relaxing and unwinding’. Entries will be added to Kingston’s permanent collection.

To find out more, or visit the centre, visit the Kingston History Centre webpage.

To find out more about Capture Kingston, visit the council’s museum competitions webpage.