Archives+ contract awarded

Interiors contractor Realm Projects has won the £500,000 contract with Manchester City Council to fit out the new regional and family history archive in the refurbished Central Library.

Archives+The contractor will create sets, showcases, graphic panels, interactive displays and models for the exhibition spaces for Archives+ Greater Manchester County Record Office, part of Association of Greater Manchester Authorities; Manchester Libraries, Information & Archives, Manchester City Council; North West Film Archive, Manchester Metropolitan University; Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre and Education Trust, University of Manchester; Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society ; BFI Mediatheque; Manchester Registration Service, Historic Registers.

The five-month contract, awarded through the online business portal The Chest, is due to be completed by the end of the year. The new-look library is due to open in spring 2014.

Archives+Manchester City Council's brief to Realm Projects described Archives+ as "the key focal point, delivery route and entry point for Manchester's wider histories offer. It will create user driven, freely accessible resources for people to engage with histories in a dynamic new type of public space and lead to a greater understanding and appreciation of the whole region."

Archives+ is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Realm Projects is based in Mansfield.

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