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Archives Accreditation

BEDFORDSHIRE ARCHIVES SECURES NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

 

Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation

 

Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.

 

Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Bedfordshire Archives has 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.

 

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “People come from around the world to visit Bedfordshire Archives. The service is brimming with ancient records, documents, photographs, treasures and relics - all of which can be used to build a picture of how things were and what we can learn from them. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage.”

 

Bedfordshire Archives Service is the oldest county record office in the country. Established in 1913 it collects, preserves and makes available to the public the documentary heritage for the historic county of Bedfordshire. Joint-funded by Bedford Borough Council, Central Bedfordshire Council and Luton Borough Council, the service is proud to assist the people of Bedfordshire and beyond in their understanding and enjoyment of the county.

 

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel congratulated the service on its thorough review of its functions in recent years. While this was still in the early stages of delivery, the service demonstrated sound policies and planning, and a very positive direction of travel. The Panel particularly noted, and commended, the active work underway to offer a greater variety of stakeholder engagement.

 

For more information about Archive Service Accreditation, visit http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/ (then search for ‘Archives-Sector’/ ‘Archive Service Accreditation’).

 

For more information on Bedfordshire Archives, visit www.bedford.gov.uk/archive

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