25th April 2016
The National Archives will close its doors to the general public on May 3, 2016, for extensive work to be carried out on the building.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in a statement notes that operations are expected to resume on May 31, 2016.
Late 2015, a new roof was constructed over the building after leaks from the old roof posed a threat to records being held there.
This time work is concentrated on the inner walls of the National Archives in an effort to remove termites and mould. Sheetrock was removed to assess the building's wooden frame, before fumigation and mould removal begin.
Acting Director of the National Archives, Joseph Prosper is apologizing for any inconvenience that will result from the closure. He noted that though the facility will be closed, requests from the High Court of Justice will be honoured, since the Civil Registry is housed there.
Mr. Prosper has given the assurance that all records will be properly stored to prevent any damage while repair work is being carried out.
Private contractors have been hired to deal with the problems plaguing the National Archives. In addition to repairs, the contractors are also examining electrical wiring and are installing network cables to provide Internet service.
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