Lancashire County Council chief archivist retires

Posted on - 10th April, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - History, Politics, Preston News
Jacquie Crosby. Picture: Lancashire County Council

The chief archivist at Lancashire County Council has retired after over 30 years.


After playing a key role in the management of the archives since 1987, Jacquie Crosby will be passing the responsibility on to someone new.

After moving from Norfolk, Jacquie took up a role in records management for the council.

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Part of her role involved persuading council staff that records management was important and assisting with the processing and storage of the archives.

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

Later she would take on the role of Archives manager in charge of all the archives held by the county council.

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

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

When asked about some of her favourite archives, Jacquie said: “They’re all interesting. Most records include people and stories about people, and they’re more interesting to me personally.

“Behind every archive is a story, and if you trace them back, they’re just fascinating.”

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Under Jacquie’s leadership, the archives storage has grown to over nine miles and now has so many documents and archives that they are having to store some in the salt mines in Cheshire.

She hopes Lancashire Archives will continue to flourish as she moves on.

Jacquie added that she would encourage anyone who wanted to find out more about their own family history, or the history of where they live to come and explore the archives where a supportive team will be able to help.

Find out more about Lancashire’s Archives service at

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