I’m incredibly proud and pleased today to announce the first six awards of Accredited Archive Service status in England. Archive Service Accreditation is a programme that The National Archives has been developing with seven partners – and the whole of the archives sector – for some years now. It is a UK standard which provides a development framework for archive services of all sizes and types.
Our first six awards go to six of the archive services who volunteered to help us to pilot the draft Standard in 2012-13:
- Cumbria Archives
- Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives
- Media Archive of Central England
- Network Rail Corporate Archive
- Tyne and Wear Archives
- Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
This is a really varied group, from private and public sectors, large and small archives, and services which are incredibly outward looking or which primarily have a strong inward, corporate-supporting role. The group includes standalone archives, services within museum and library contexts, archives which are part of records management or wider heritage services, and an audio-visual archive with a significant commercial arm. The sheer variety encompassed in this small group is striking. It shows the variety of situations and setups across the UK archives sector, and underline why Archive Service Accreditation aims to be a flexible standard which is relevant to many different types of service delivery.
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