National Archives Western Australia office update

 Members of the National Archives Perth Consultative Forum inspecting the new Belmont Repository, with Austrian compactuses used in the Louvre and other major European institutions being installed here — a first in Australia. Note Diane Foster (WAGs), Gerard Foley (SRO) and Helen Munt (PHA and HC) on the left

Members of the National Archives Perth Consultative Forum inspecting the new Belmont Repository, with Austrian compactuses used in the Louvre and other major European institutions being installed here — a first in Australia. Note Diane Foster (WAGs), Gerard Foley (SRO) and Helen Munt (PHA and HC) on the left

The National Archives is committed to a continued presence in Western Australia and is close to finalising arrangements to ensure it has appropriate accommodation in Perth for future years.

As the current leased premises in East Victoria Park are on the market, the Archives will move out in late 2018. A new storage facility has been secured in Belmont for the protection and preservation of archival records held in Perth. Records will be transferred from East Victoria Park to the Belmont repository towards the end of this year. 

The present Reading Room will close on 5 October 2018. An announcement on the selected location for a new reading room and offices in the Perth CBD is expected in the near future.

The relocation of records and staff will result in service disruption for approximately 8 weeks. During this period only urgent requests will be possible until all material (some 14 km) has been shelved and entered on computer.  Online material will continue to be available.

To stay in touch and for further information: www.naa.gov.au/about-us/whats-new or facebook.com/naagovau

Matt Lloyd