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Archives Accreditation

Background  

The archive sector in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, has come together to progress proposals for a new accreditation scheme for archive-holding organisations across the UK.

Consultation with sector representatives and key stakeholders carried out during 2010 revealed widespread enthusiasm in the sector for the principle of archives accreditation and the desire to create a single UK-wide process, applicable across all four home nations.

A partnership of sector organisations has now been set up to take thinking and planning forward. The partner bodies include The National Archives, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, the Welsh Assembly Government, through its CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales division, the National Records of Scotland, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the Archives and Records Association, the Archives and Records Council Wales and the Scottish Council on Archives.

What is accreditation?

Accreditation schemes encourage and recognise excellence by certificating the achievement of best professional practice.

Accreditation is an externally validated process that provides organisations and services with a methodology for maintaining and raising their performance, against agreed professional standards.

Why does the archive sector need an accreditation scheme now?

Accreditation will provide archive-holding organisations with a powerful tool to respond to the challenges of a fast-changing fiscal, social and technological environment.

In a time of exceptional financial constraint and stiff competition for resources, the need for archives to demonstrate their public value robustly and consistently has never been greater.

You can find further information about Archives Accreditation on the following links:

The Benefits

FAQs

For further information on Archives Accreditation, contact Amy Beeson, the National Archives and MLA Senior Manager - Development:

T: 0208 392 5330 x 2044

E: Amy.Beeson@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk