Local archives receive national accreditation

Posted by ew205 at Jan 26, 2018 01:31 PM |
University of Leicester Library Archives and Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland recognised for good performance in all areas of archive service delivery

The University of Leicester Library and the Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland have both been awarded Archives Service Accreditation.

Awarded by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee, accreditation recognises achievement, improvements and good performance in all areas within the archives sector.

Achieving accredited status demonstrates that the University of Leicester and Record Office’s archive services have met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

Both services will receive their respective accreditation awards at ceremonies taking place on Monday, 5 February.

The University of Leicester’s Archives and Special Collections preserve and provide access to the University’s rich archives, which date from the foundation of the University in 1921. The Library holds a number of other significant collections, including the Joe Orton Collection, Sue Townsend Archive, and the papers of prominent academics such as Jack Simmons, Joan Thirsk, and Sir Alec Jeffreys.

Caroline Taylor, University Librarian, said: “We are delighted to receive accreditation for our Archives and Special Collections.

“Achieving the national standard recognises the hard work and professionalism of members of the library team who work to preserve and promote our rare and unique collections. We welcome all visitors with an interest in our collections, which form an important part of the written heritage of the city and region.”

The Record Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland preserve and provide access to a wide range of resources for researching the history and culture of the county and its surrounding areas, with extensive collections dating from the early 1100s to the present.

Councillor Richard Blunt, Leicestershire County Council’s cabinet member for heritage, said: “It is fantastic that the Record Office has received accreditation. It is testament to the team of staff and volunteers who go out of their way to ensure records relating to Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland’s heritage are well maintained.

“Hopefully this will help to raise the profile of the service that we offer and get more people who are passionate about history to take a trip back in time through the archives.”

Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of archive heritage.

For more information about Archive Service Accreditation visit: http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation.htm

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