ARA President calls for 'more Archive Pace Setters'

Caroline Williams has called for more archives to 'step forward and berecognised' under the Archive Pace Setter Scheme.

carolinewilliamsThe Scheme is exactly half way through its four-year period of activity and 14 projects have gained recognition for excellence under the scheme.

The Archive Pace Setter Scheme was launched in 2009 by the then National Council on Archives to recognise outstanding archives-based projects and to encourage sharing of best-practice. Projects put forward under the scheme could be big or small and have a range of aims and outcomes; a Archive Pace Setter award, with use of the prestigious ‘kite mark’, would denote innovation, excellent project planning and evaluation and the development of new skills.

Caroline Williams says: ‘The 14 projects with Archive Pace Setter status come from all parts of the UK and from all kinds of archives. Each one has moved our sector forward and should wear Archive Pace Setter colours with a good deal of pride. But there are other teams out there working on inspiring projects – now is the time to step forward and be recognised’.

Archive Pace Setter participants will be sharing their experiences with the sector at an event on 16 December in York – hosted by Caroline and led by Louise Ray, who has led the Scheme since its inception.  Louise says: ‘This event will be a great opportunity for ARA members to find out more about the scheme and some of the fantastic projects that are part of it.  Watch out for more information!’ ’