Lord Clark leads celebration of Accreditation in Houses of Parliament
Fourteen Accredited Services and 'Professional Milestone' praised
‘Congratulations to everyone who has achieved Accreditation and all who have worked so hard to bring us to this important professional milestone’
Lord Clark of Windermere, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History, led the congratulations at a celebration of Archive Service Accreditation at the House of Commons on 15 October. Representatives from the first 14 archive services which have gained Accreditation were praised by Lord Clark for their hard work and their willingness to be pioneers for the wider sector.
Bruce Jackson, who chairs the Archive Service Accreditation Committee, applauded the way the sector had worked together both to develop and create the rigorous new standard and to operate it. The new standard was a success, he said, because of this and because it has already proved to be effective and beneficial in many different sizes and types of archives.
The first 14 archive services to be accredited include business archives, local authority archives, film, university and religious archives as well as the sector’s largest archive, The National Archives.
The 14 Accredited Archive Services are: Cumbria Archives; Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives; Falkirk Archives; Lancashire Archives; Lincolnshire Archives; London Metropolitan Archives; Media Archive for Central England; Network Rail Corporate Archive; Richard Burton Archives, University of Swansea; The National Archives; Tyne and Wear Archives; Unilever Archives and Records Management; University of Bradford; and Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.
Photographs show Lord Clark speaking (top left), delegations from Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, Cumbria Archives and Unilever Archives and Records Management (Above).
Elspeth Reid from Falkirk Archives (left), Elisabeth Bennet from Richard Burton Archives, University of Swansea (centre) and Vicky Stretch from Network Rail Corporate Archive (right), spoke briefly about their experience of Accreditation.
All photographs Simon O'Connor For the ARA.
Archive Service Accreditation has been developed in partnership with the archives sector and its stakeholders across the UK through a process of co-creation and consultation. The standard defines good practice and agreed standards, thereby encouraging and supporting development. It is aimed at organisations that hold archive collections, whatever their constitution, and covers both private and public sector archives.
Read more about Archive Service Accreditation at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/accreditation
The Archive Service Accreditation Committee is Chaired by Bruce Jackson. Archive Service Accreditation is supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK), Archives and Records Council Wales, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Council on Archives, The National Archives, and the Welsh Government through its CyMAL: Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales division.