I am sure you are all eager to know what is happening with our new Research Centre, so we have decided to issue regular updates.
Please note that the Research Centre remains closed for Members at this time.
( Scroll down for older updates / Images can be clicked to see a larger version)


Check back regularly for more updates! ( last update 19/11/2021 )


Wednesday the 16th of November 2021 - Update!

Things are starting to get moving again after a period of quiet.
We have heard that the windows are being replaced ( maybe next year.)
The lighting is being upgraded, and finally, the main entrance intercom system
will be changed so we can consider opening the centre!
Plans are being made to ready for an opening date, but as yet, no date has been agreed.


Saturday the 2nd of October 2021 - Update!

As of today no further news re intercom system from the council.
An email requesting an update as to where we are with these issues has been sent to the council.
We have not been contacted regarding the re-wiring at this time.
Please note that we will only have updates from today if things change in the future.


Wednesday the 21st of September 2021 - Update!

We are still waiting for the intercom system to be updated!!
Without these changes , we cannot let people into the centre.
Further sorting of our records and shelves to make life easier for all.
Things are going to be quiet now until the access system is working, so please be patient.

This is completely out of our control, so we await the Councils completion of this work.


Wednesday the 15th of September 2021 - Update!

You may have seen on our Facebook page, that we have been informed that the building is going to be rewired.
We believe that this is just the lighting , but this may change..
We have not been informed of when this will happen, but we will have prior notice.
We do not know how long this may interfere with our centre, but we do know it will add to the delay of opening.


Tuesday the 7th of September 2021 - Update!

Today had two milestones for the Society.
First, we held our first Committee meeting in our new research centre!
Second, we had physical and virtual attendees using Zoom as a hybrid meeting.
It was nice to meet people in the flesh who we had not seen for some time due to the Covid situation.
Some learning curves here, and some computer tweaks required to hit our requirements before opening.
Due to the lack of access for the public, because facilities are still to be installed, the opening date is still not confirmed.


Wednesday the 1st of September 2021 - Update!

Our computer networks have been setup and are getting ready for use.
Still work to be done on our timetables for support staff and our new opening hours for Every Street.
We are still waiting for the modifications to the intercom and buzzer though.


Wednesday the 25th of August 2021 - Update!

We are now awaiting the setting up of our computer networks before making any further progress.
This could be a few weeks due to technical availability.
Other work is continuing, for example agreeing booking systems and opening times.
These will be come public knowledge when there are ready for use.


Friday the 20th of August 2021 - Update!

Work has been ongoing this week, but after last weeks hard slog, a bit of a breather was required.
The intercom system work is being tendered for by the Council, but as yet we have no date for completion.
All of the new computers have now arrived awaiting setting up and connecting to our network.


Friday the 13th of August 2021 - Our move to Every Street is completed!

The move has now been finished and we are now in our new location in Every Street.
Our new address is :-
Rutland Suite, 2nd floor, 7-9 Every Street, Leicester, LE1 6AG.

We are not open for business yet, so please do not visit or contact us as we are very busy getting the centre ready for opening.


Thursday the 12th of August 2021

The new room(s) are smaller than we have been used to, but hopefully adequate for our needs. The second floor office space is visited by utilising either the lift or several fights of stairs, if you feel up to it! There are also toilets available on the same floor if you drink too much coffee whilst researching!

The first picture is taken from the research room looking out into the Town Square. The second picture is taken from the reception office looking out into Town Square. The final picture shows the overall size of our new research centre. As can be seen, the staff and helpers are still hard at work on your behalf. Squeezing everything in is proving challenging but will be worth all the hard work in the end. The progress that has been made in a few days is astounding, don't you think!

Here you can see the great work that is being done to organise and structure the new research centre. The remaining images are of the little Coffee shop based in a chapel. This is becoming a popular watering hole for all of the staff.


Tuesday the 11th of August 2021

A bright new day dawns for the removal teams and helpers.

All of the pictures show the views from and of the research room where the bulk of our storage is to be found. As can be seen, there are many boxes to be emptied and organised! A nice little coffee / sandwich shop is to be found over to the left in the square in a existing old chapel. Tried and tested by all involved at some time through the day and highly recommended!


Monday the 9th of August 2021 - Moving from Pilot House starts!

At 0930 we began the long awaited move of the LRFHS research Centre from Pilot House to Every Street. Many hands are available to help with the move at both sites including some very keen and helpful removal lads!