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Dumfries library site picked as preferred location for archive centre

Ewart Library Image copyright Rose and Trev Clough
Image caption The Ewart Library site has been selected by councillors as the preferred site for the archive centre

The Ewart Library in Dumfries has been selected as the preferred site to house a new £3m archive centre development in the town.

Four potential locations had been shortlisted following a public consultation and feasibility study.

The proposed project aims to increase public access to historical documents held by Dumfries and Galloway Council.

The records - some of which date back as far as 1452 - are currently stored at various buildings across the region.

The project will see the archives brought together in a new purpose-built centre.

The local authority says that as well as safeguarding the documents, the development of the centre will contribute to local regeneration and cultural tourism.

The sites shortlisted included land at the Ewart Library; an area next to the Municipal Chambers in Buccleuch Street; ground between the Gracefield Arts Centre and council offices at Woodbank; and the former Merrick laundry on the Crichton Estate.

Members of the council's community and customer services committee identified the library as their preferred option.

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