The Herefordshire archives and records office is due to temporarily close from 1 January 2014.
The closure is to allow staff to concentrate on carefully cleaning and re-packing the contents of 17,500 boxes, 10,000 volumes and 5,000 maps in advance of moving to the new archives and records centre in Rotherwas, Hereford in 2015.
This year, there are two remaining opportunities for visitors to personally carry out research before the closure comes into effect: Monday 4 to Saturday 9 November and Monday 9 to Saturday 14 December. The service will not be available again until the new centre opens in 2015.
Although personal visits will not be possible, the research service will still be available during the closure for a small fee. To find out more, please visit the archives page.
Councillor Roger Phillips, cabinet member for enterprise and culture, said: “The archives and records staff have a monumental task ahead of them in order to correctly prepare thousands of important historical documents ahead of their move to the new centre in 2015.
“During the process so far, a number of fascinating documents have been discovered, including a rare sheet of medieval music from the 14th or 15th century and it is imperative that we preserve these documents for future generations.
“If you have an interest in archiving, we need volunteers to help with the immense task of cataloguing and preparing the county’s records. We already have over 20 volunteers but more would certainly be a welcome bonus!”