Records of The Cambridge

26 November 2018 • Corporate

Cambridgeshire Archives is now home to historical documents dating from The Cambridge Building Society’s formation 168 years ago.

Photographs, leases and ledgers were unearthed as part of the move to The Cambridge’s current city centre store on St Andrew’s Street – close to the building society’s very first permanent offices which were established on Post Office Terrace in 1884.

Following the discovery of the documents it was decided an appropriate home for them would be needed. Thankfully Cambridgeshire Archives agreed to accept them as they have just recently stopped taking new records ahead of a relocation to Ely next year.

Chief Executive Stephen Mitcham went to oversee the handover and learnt that a number of special boxes had already been made to keep the documents safe and some of the more fragile books will be restored.

He said: “We’re fortunate to have this wonderful service available to us. The Cambridgeshire Archives are the perfect guardians, our heritage will remain in safe hands, preserved forever and available to all.”

Several of The Cambridge’s noteworthy documents will be kept alongside the archives of the Bedford Level Corporation, the Cambridge building contractors Rattee and Kett Ltd, the solicitors Evans & Sons, the Papworth Hospital and tuberculosis settlement.

Alan Akeroyd, Archives and Local Studies Manager said: “We’re very grateful to the Cambridge Building Society for depositing their unique historical documents with us. Many people visit us each year to research Cambridgeshire’s fascinating history and all of us in Cambridgeshire County Council’s archive team appreciate the value of this collection to that history. We thank The Cambridge for thinking of us and our visitors in this way.”