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Chief Archivist of Lancashire County Council retires

Jacquie Crosby. Photo: Lancashire County Council

The Chief Archivist of Lancashire County Council has retired after more than 30 years.


After playing a key role in managing the archives since 1987, Jacquie Crosby will hand over responsibility to a new person.

After leaving Norfolk, Jacquie took on a role in records management for the council.

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Part of his role was to persuade council staff that records management was important and to help with the processing and storage of records.

Her passion and knowledge for archives quickly propelled her forward, and in 1987 she earned the title of Assistant County Archivist, beginning her progression into management.

Later, she will assume the role of Archives Manager in charge of all archives held by the county council.

Although this progression led to less practical work, she continued to enjoy her career which she was so passionate about.

Jacquie said: “I loved it. It’s wonderful to see the changes because Lancashire is a huge records service, it’s a huge county geographically and so there have always been new challenges and opportunities. .

Asked about some of her favorite archives, Jacquie said: “They are all interesting. Most of the records include people and stories about people, and they’re more interesting to me personally.

“Behind every archive is a story, and if you track them down, they are simply fascinating.”

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Under Jacquie’s leadership, the archive storage has grown over nine miles and now contains so many documents and records that they have to store some in the Cheshire Salt Mines.

She hopes the Lancashire Archives will continue to thrive as she moves forward.

Jacquie added that she would encourage anyone interested in learning more about their own family history or the history of where they live to come and explore the archives where a support team can help.

Find out more about the Lancashire Archives Service at

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