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€37m refurbishment of the National Archives repository has begun


€37m refurbishment of the National Archives repository has begun

The National Archives currently holds 50 million records dating from the 14th century to the modern day. We want to ensure safe, accessible storage of these invaluable records into the future and a major project has now begun to re-develop our historic warehouse – formerly the W&R Jacob & Company biscuit factory – into a state-of-the-art repository.

Director Orlaith McBride and Head of Corporate Services David Noonan explain the plan and work that is underway in this short video.

The €37 million project will future-proof the records of the State over the coming decades in a purpose-built, passive design, modern archive building holding 22,000 archive boxes. Together with the front block, the National Archives site on Bishop Street will have the capacity to store 300,000 boxes. The project is funded by the Department for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media and is being delivered in partnership with the Office of Public Works.