A secure new home for county’s archaeological treasures

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL finds in Cambridgeshire will be better preserved and more accessible thanks to an innovative County Council project.

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Historic Environment Team have converted part of the County Council’s former Cold War bunker on the Shire Hall site in Cambridge to store metalwork, fragile and regularly used archaeological finds and archives.

Archaeological finds and archives are the permanent record of the many excavations that have taken place across the county. These are kept in store for museum displays, to help researchers understand the past, and to show to local residents.

The work has been funded by the Council’s BUA (Better Utilisation of Assets) Programme, which improves the effective and efficient use of the County Council’s buildings.

Other rooms in the bunker are being used to store archive and local studies materials, legal and registration records.

On Thursday September 6 - ahead of the bunker being opened to the public as part of the University of Cambridge’s Open Cambridge weekend - Councillors and other stakeholders will see how the bunker is used and view some of the objects stored there.

Council Leader Cllr Nick Clarke said: “I am excited to see the bunker being used for the storage of archaeological finds as well as other archive materials. It is a great place to store and display some of our archives and to also provide information on the history of the bunker itself.”

Cllr Steve Count, Cabinet Member for Resources and Performance said: “The BUA Programme has been pleased to support this project as it provides a good use for a previously under-used building and will provide savings to the Council that can be used to support frontline services and communities.”