Archives service to maintain its high standards

The Hive exterior
The Council made a decision last month to reduce £155,000 from the proposed wider savings for the Archives Service after listening to feedback from the budget consultation.
Published Thursday, 14th February 2019

Worcestershire's Archive and Archaeology Service will continue to deliver high quality provision in the county despite proposed savings now being approved for 2019/20.

Worcestershire County Council approved the 2019/20 budget at a meeting of Full Council today.

The Council made a decision last month to reduce £155,000 from the proposed wider savings for the Archives Service after listening to feedback from the budget consultation.

Because of the reduction in savings, it now means the service is likely to retain its Archive Service Accreditation being awarded later this year. Opening hours will also remain exactly the same as they are now.

The County Council's revenue funding is due to go up by more than £6m in the next financial year. However, the pace of growth in income is not keeping up with the increase in demand for social care. A set of savings were announced in December including the redesign of the Council and a review of all commercial contracts.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: "We want people to realise that going forward the archives service will be remaining largely the same as it is now.

"It won't be closing or having its opening hours reduced. Hours will stay as they are now and we'll continue to take in new archive material.

"We do however need to look at ways of generating income within the service so it offers the best value for money for our residents and the County Council."

Councillor Hodgson added: "We'll continue to work with our partners to look at ways of increasing income generation.

"We've had to make difficult decisions in light of the growing financial strain on all councils. So as a Council we'll continue to lobby Central Government about funding for Adult Social Care because if there was more money to invest into that area, we wouldn't have to be making savings elsewhere such as from the archives service."

Worcestershire's Archives and Archaeology Service was amongst the first in the UK to receive Archive Service Accreditation in 2013. The title is a UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.

The Archive and Archaeology Service has been located at The Hive in Worcester since 2012.