Six kilometres of shelf space is urgently needed to house hundreds of thousands of documents, some dating back nearly 550 years.
Dumfries has run out of space to hold its huge collection of archive material and the local council wants the people of the town to help secure a £5 million lottery fund to build a new archive and local studies centre.
Matthew Taylor reports:
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Kerrie brings you Saturday's forecast for Cumbria & The Scottish Borders
Another cold and icy night but cloudier, wetter, windier and milder from the west by dawn
Icy patches will be a hazard on some untreated roads, pavements & paths. Some injuries are possible from slips and falls on icy surfaces