Barnsley Archives retains its national accreditation

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies Service has successfully retained its status as an Accredited Archive Service following a review undertaken by the National Archives at the end of 2020.

The Accreditation Panel congratulated the service on their excellent response to their initial Accreditation in 2017, demonstrating strategic vision and enthusiasm for their work. They noted significant progress across multiple areas of activity. They praised the service by commenting that it was particularly good to see the resolution of previous out store arrangements, strong progress in cataloguing, and the service’s practical and dynamic response to the challenges of the current pandemic.

The Archive Service Accreditation scheme is operated by the National Archives in London. The benefits of the scheme are:

  • Offers a benchmark for gauging performance, recognising achievement and driving improvement within the archives sector
  • Raises the profile of the archive services by building confidence and credibility both within the parent organisations and externally, through increased awareness and understanding
  • Helps archive services adapt and respond to user needs and interests, and develop their workforce
  • Encourages partnership working within and between organisations, by helping archive services to examine how best to deliver their services
  • Provides a robust framework for forward planning to improve procedures and policy and reduce organisational risk
  • Is a badge of external recognition which demonstrates quality services
  • Encourages professionalism in the archives sector

Cllr Tim Cheetham, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place (Regeneration and Culture) said:

“We are incredibly proud of our Archive service which is one of the busiest and most successful in the region.  Over the last year they have worked hard to adapt and offer a virtual service, bringing Barnsley’s rich history right to people’s home.  There renewed accreditation really highlights their hard work and dedication during a difficult time.”

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