The Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre at The Chester House Estate is currently under construction and is due to open in summer 2021.
The Northamptonshire Archaeological Resource Centre (ARC) will be a state-of-the-art facility that will act as the publicly accessible archaeological archive store for the county. Our collections currently consist of over 20,000 boxes of archaeological material from around 3,000 sites across Northamptonshire with space for another 15,000 boxes from future excavations.
Our archives cover the whole breadth of human occupation within Northamptonshire, from prehistory up to the late 19th century. The archives will be stored in humidity and temperature controlled rooms where objects are kept in their ideal environmental conditions. This ensures that they will be usable for future generations. We will have a research room on-site that can be booked by any who wish to study our collections.
As part of our project setting up the ARC, we will be undertaking a substantial project to re-box and catalogue our collections to maximise their accessibility and will be looking for volunteers to help with this.
The ARC curator
Ben Donnelly-Symes, the ARC Curator, is responsible for the transfer of Northamptonshire’s existing collections to the ARC; the management of those collections and future depositions. He works closely with archaeological planning colleagues; and ensures that collections are appropriately preserved, charged for where appropriate, and made accessible to the public.
Telephone: 07912 891699