*Article courtesy of Worcestershire Archaeology Service and Worcestershire County Council*
We are proud to announce that we are among the first six archive services in the UK to be awarded the prestigious Archive Service Accreditation, the new UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. This is great news and follows on from being approved as a Place of Deposit by the National Archives earlier this year.
The Hive, where the Archive and Archaeology Service has been located since 2012.
Accreditation is the new UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage.
Achieving accredited status demonstrates that we have met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of our unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range our users.
The Archive Service Accreditation Committee noted that “…the opportunities presented by The Hive have been grasped to bring benefits across the service…".
Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Localism and Communities at Worcestershire County Council, said: "We are delighted to be one of the first to receive Archive Service Accreditation. This achievement is testament to all the hard work that happens behind the scenes on a daily basis."
Users working in the Original Archive Area at The Hive
Lisa Snook, User Services Manager at Worcestershire County Council, said: "We are really thrilled to be one of the first accredited archive services. The application was a true team effort, with all areas of the service inputting information required from the Accreditation Panel. It is a great accolade, and a national recognition of the service that the team provide at The Hive, from managing and conserving the archive collections, making them available to our customers on site and taking them out to school and community groups."
Congratulations to the other five archives who were also awarded Accreditation: Media Archive for Central England, Cumbria Archives, Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives, Network Rail Corporate Archive and Tyne and Wear Archives.