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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service recognised for excellence

The Archives, Explore the Past desk, based at the Hive Published Wednesday, 15th April 2020

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service has been professionally recognised for its high standards and the continued development of the service.

Based at The Hive, the Service was recently inspected by The National Archives and was re-awarded its accredited status.

Accredited Archive Status was introduced by The National Archives in 2013. It is designed to check an archive service is maintaining professional standards but also, most importantly, that it is developing and enhancing its service.

In 2014, Worcestershire was one of the first six archive services in the country to apply to join the scheme. Accreditation needs to be reapplied for every three years.

The service was also named the UK's best "Record Keeping Service' in 2017 at the Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) Excellence Awards. The final decision for this award was made by public vote.

Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Communities, said: "We are delighted to be one of the first Archive Services in the country to retain their status as Accredited Archive Services following a full assessment after 6 years.Our dedicated team who work hard to make a great service for our residents spent many hours preparing for this accreditation and I would like to thank all involved. This achievement is testament to all their efforts.”

Adrian Gregson, Archives Manager, said: “It is really good news to have our service recognised by The National Archives once again. We’d like to thank our amazing staff who offer such an excellent service and who have worked so hard to ensure we were successful. We’d also like to thank our customers who have encouraged and supported us over the years. This is a great morale boost at this difficult time when the public cannot visit the Hive.”

The National Archives said: “We would like particularly to congratulate the following archive services on completing a full cycle of Accreditation returns and retaining their status as Accredited Archive Services in a full assessment after 6 years.These are the first services to do this, pioneering from the first days of Accreditation to the present, and we thank them very much for continued commitment to the programme’s delivery over time:

  • Cumbria Archive Service
  • Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives
  • Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service.”

Although The Hive is currently closed, staff are continuing to work on projects from home and are still answering online enquiries.

If you want to start research into your place or people start by downloading our free seventy page Research Guide on the Explore The Past website. This gives people access to the archives online resources and advice on how to use them. 

For more information about Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service go to the Archive & Archaeology pages on the Council's website. You can also keep up to date with all their latest news on Twitter and Facebook by searching @explorethepast.