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Local groups get archive network

A two-year archive scheme, run by Cambridgeshire County Council's library service, has been handed over to the local groups who helped set it up.

The Cambridgeshire Community Archives Network (CCAN) was set up after receiving a 299,500 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2006.

Library learning services staff have been helping local groups learn the computer skills for the project.

Now the scheme has been given back to the 46 groups connected to the website.

'Inspirational project'

The day-to-day running of CCAN has been handed to a dedicated volunteer committee, which is chaired by Jim Aston, also Chairman of the Ramsey Community Archive Group.

County Council Library Learning Service project manager, Steve Capes, said: "CCAN has proved to be an inspirational project to work on and the evidence of this can be seen both in the website and in the lively volunteer network."

In just over two years the CCAN website has grown to contain over 14,000 records that include photographs, stories, oral history recordings and videoed memories.

CCAN has also worked in schools, colleges and youth groups on archive-based projects.

Mr Aston said: "We are grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for funding this very worthwhile project and to the team at Library Learning Services and businesses which sponsored local projects."

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