Flamborough Archives excited about new home at Waterdown library

News Dec 18, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Flamborough Archives are back in Waterdown.

The organization has moved into the recently-opened Waterdown branch of the Hamilton Public Library on Dundas Street East.

Archivist Sylvia Wray said the group is thrilled to be back in the community after a five-year hiatus in its temporary digs within downtown Hamilton’s Central Library.

“We’re pleased to be back in Waterdown,” she said.

“Although our space is small, we’ve arranged it well – we’re making maximum use out of it.”

She noted the library has installed – with the help of a Trillium grant – a new mobile shelving unit to optimize their space.

“It was so necessary because of the amount of holdings that we’ve got; we just would not have had enough shelf space, traditional, non-moveable shelf space, to hold everything,” Wray said. “It was the only way we could actually function.”

The storage system comprises a series of shelves that move on a track so that there is only one aisle between shelves at a time.

Archivist of media collections Lyn Lunsted said one exciting thing the new location will offer is visibility.

“It’s going to give us a huge visible presence that we didn’t have before,” she said. “People knew about us, but they had to make a specific trip to come see us.

“It’s nice to have the collection in the same area as where we work and where people can research.”

Lunsted noted the archives, which began in 1986 as a cupboard in Memorial Hall, was previously housed in the municipal service centre since 2001. But with the Waterdown library construction project, the archives had to be moved to the Central Library.

Wray noted the library location makes the archives feel like part of the community.

“Going to Hamilton for five years, we just felt cut off in many respects,” she said. “One of the nice things we can do now is we have a nice collection of local history books that people can buy for Christmas.

“People didn’t want to come into Hamilton to buy a book and pay $6 for parking.”

Lunsted added everything in the new location is arranged together.

“We’ve got space for researchers, the tables have pop-up plugs for people to use their own laptops,” she explained.

Wray noted the volunteer organization has a large and growing collection, including postcards of Waterdown, historic and present-day maps, land abstract index books for Waterdown, East Flamborough and West Flamborough, and historical atlases.

As well, she said the archives contains cemetery records, birth, death and marriage records and posters of everything from garden parties to house sales and auctions.

“It’s just a whole gamut of everything that relates to Flamborough that we have collected,” she said.

Lunsted noted they also have a large number of photographs – with close to 3,000 catalogued and that amount again not catalogued.

The facility, which is located on the main floor of the new library, is open four days a week.

The archives office is open Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. – to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Flamborough Archives excited about new home at Waterdown library

News Dec 18, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Flamborough Archives are back in Waterdown.

The organization has moved into the recently-opened Waterdown branch of the Hamilton Public Library on Dundas Street East.

Archivist Sylvia Wray said the group is thrilled to be back in the community after a five-year hiatus in its temporary digs within downtown Hamilton’s Central Library.

“We’re pleased to be back in Waterdown,” she said.

“Although our space is small, we’ve arranged it well – we’re making maximum use out of it.”

She noted the library has installed – with the help of a Trillium grant – a new mobile shelving unit to optimize their space.

“It was so necessary because of the amount of holdings that we’ve got; we just would not have had enough shelf space, traditional, non-moveable shelf space, to hold everything,” Wray said. “It was the only way we could actually function.”

The storage system comprises a series of shelves that move on a track so that there is only one aisle between shelves at a time.

Archivist of media collections Lyn Lunsted said one exciting thing the new location will offer is visibility.

“It’s going to give us a huge visible presence that we didn’t have before,” she said. “People knew about us, but they had to make a specific trip to come see us.

“It’s nice to have the collection in the same area as where we work and where people can research.”

Lunsted noted the archives, which began in 1986 as a cupboard in Memorial Hall, was previously housed in the municipal service centre since 2001. But with the Waterdown library construction project, the archives had to be moved to the Central Library.

Wray noted the library location makes the archives feel like part of the community.

“Going to Hamilton for five years, we just felt cut off in many respects,” she said. “One of the nice things we can do now is we have a nice collection of local history books that people can buy for Christmas.

“People didn’t want to come into Hamilton to buy a book and pay $6 for parking.”

Lunsted added everything in the new location is arranged together.

“We’ve got space for researchers, the tables have pop-up plugs for people to use their own laptops,” she explained.

Wray noted the volunteer organization has a large and growing collection, including postcards of Waterdown, historic and present-day maps, land abstract index books for Waterdown, East Flamborough and West Flamborough, and historical atlases.

As well, she said the archives contains cemetery records, birth, death and marriage records and posters of everything from garden parties to house sales and auctions.

“It’s just a whole gamut of everything that relates to Flamborough that we have collected,” she said.

Lunsted noted they also have a large number of photographs – with close to 3,000 catalogued and that amount again not catalogued.

The facility, which is located on the main floor of the new library, is open four days a week.

The archives office is open Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. – to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Flamborough Archives excited about new home at Waterdown library

News Dec 18, 2015 by Mac Christie Flamborough Review

The Flamborough Archives are back in Waterdown.

The organization has moved into the recently-opened Waterdown branch of the Hamilton Public Library on Dundas Street East.

Archivist Sylvia Wray said the group is thrilled to be back in the community after a five-year hiatus in its temporary digs within downtown Hamilton’s Central Library.

“We’re pleased to be back in Waterdown,” she said.

“Although our space is small, we’ve arranged it well – we’re making maximum use out of it.”

She noted the library has installed – with the help of a Trillium grant – a new mobile shelving unit to optimize their space.

“It was so necessary because of the amount of holdings that we’ve got; we just would not have had enough shelf space, traditional, non-moveable shelf space, to hold everything,” Wray said. “It was the only way we could actually function.”

The storage system comprises a series of shelves that move on a track so that there is only one aisle between shelves at a time.

Archivist of media collections Lyn Lunsted said one exciting thing the new location will offer is visibility.

“It’s going to give us a huge visible presence that we didn’t have before,” she said. “People knew about us, but they had to make a specific trip to come see us.

“It’s nice to have the collection in the same area as where we work and where people can research.”

Lunsted noted the archives, which began in 1986 as a cupboard in Memorial Hall, was previously housed in the municipal service centre since 2001. But with the Waterdown library construction project, the archives had to be moved to the Central Library.

Wray noted the library location makes the archives feel like part of the community.

“Going to Hamilton for five years, we just felt cut off in many respects,” she said. “One of the nice things we can do now is we have a nice collection of local history books that people can buy for Christmas.

“People didn’t want to come into Hamilton to buy a book and pay $6 for parking.”

Lunsted added everything in the new location is arranged together.

“We’ve got space for researchers, the tables have pop-up plugs for people to use their own laptops,” she explained.

Wray noted the volunteer organization has a large and growing collection, including postcards of Waterdown, historic and present-day maps, land abstract index books for Waterdown, East Flamborough and West Flamborough, and historical atlases.

As well, she said the archives contains cemetery records, birth, death and marriage records and posters of everything from garden parties to house sales and auctions.

“It’s just a whole gamut of everything that relates to Flamborough that we have collected,” she said.

Lunsted noted they also have a large number of photographs – with close to 3,000 catalogued and that amount again not catalogued.

The facility, which is located on the main floor of the new library, is open four days a week.

The archives office is open Monday to Wednesday from 10 a.m. – to 4 p.m., and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.