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ENOUGH money has been raised to keep a nationally important archive in the county.

A £650,000 grant has been secured from the National Heritage Memorial Fund (NHMF) towards the purchase of the Westmorland of Apethorpe archive.

The archive is one of the most important family collections in Northamptonshire and contains thousands of records dating from the medieval period up to the 20th century.

The archive is privately owned and has been looked after by Northamptonshire County Council’s record office since the 1950s. It was recently offered to the county council to purchase, at a cost of around £760,000, with a deadline of August to secure this sum.

As well as the money from the NHMF, fundraisers across the region have managed to raise £45,400 by holding a range of events.