"Preserving the past for the future"
Patrons: Lord Rootes, T. D. Rootes and W. B. Rootes
Registered Charity - no. 1108882
4th July 2010
Rootes Archive Centre,
Units G151-7, Cherwell Business Village,
Southam Road, Banbury,
Oxon OX16 2SP, UK
Light refreshments available.
Moving to Banbury, May 2010 - Some pictures taken during the move.
Installed at Banbury - Facilities at the Banbury premises from 2010.
Our re-opening day on Sunday 4th July will give everyone the first chance to see our NEW Devonshire House. Councillor Colin Clarke, the Mayor of Banbury, will officially welcome us to the town and perform the opening ceremony soon after 10.00am, but we will be there all day - so come along at any time until about 4pm.
Other attractions in the town today are Mayor's Day and the Hobby Horse Festival - fun for all the family!
Master minded by James Spencer with all the precision of a military operation, the main moving day at the end of May went according to his detailed plan. It took three return journeys in a hired 7.5 tonne truck to transport all the drawing cabinets and other archive storage, the bookcases and the boardroom furniture carefully packed. Teams of helpers, both Friends and ARCC Club members, were on hand to help load up at Westcott and move everything into the new building, once it had all been moved off the truck by fork lift - thankfully, it was a fine day. The racking and all the drawings in tubes had already been transported and installed in the archive storage room over several weekends, with trustees James, Matt Ollman and Gordon Jarvis putting in an enormous effort. Despite a few anxious moments it all fitted in the allocated space.
After we had completed the required re-decoration at the end of the Westcott lease and said fond farewells to our former "New Devonshire House", the next few weeks were spent at Banbury organising the rooms, moving in the reference library, sales stock and other smaller items which had previously been moved from Westcott to various trustees' spare bedrooms following the flooding back in January. We also sorted out where to hang the pictures and generally got everything straight. Our new premises give us much needed additional space - besides the boardroom, both the reception and shop area and the study room are larger and will be much easier to work in. It is also a great improvement to have all the drawings in one storage area, which was not possible previously. It seemed a huge empty space when we first saw it - needless to say, it now looks pretty full and ready for all Rootes enthusiasts and historians to carry out their research.