This week Ruth and Laura attended a training event in London to prepare for the pilot stage of archive accreditation. LHSA has been chosen, along with 19 other archive services in the UK, to take part in the pilot of the new Archive Service Accreditation Standard, being developed by The National Archives (TNA) in partnership with archives sector stakeholders. It aims to define good practice and will become the UK standard for archive services.
The day gave the pilot participants the chance to work through the draft application form, and to provide comments on its content and structure. The three broad areas against which archives will be measured are: organisational health; collections; stakeholders and their experiences. TNA have asked for submission of applications by December 2012, with assessment due to take place in January 2013. Whilst it is exciting to be involved at this early stage, it is also a little daunting; a feeling that was shared by most participants at the training day! The process of compiling our policies, plans and procedures to show that we meet the requirements begins…watch this space for developments!
For more information on archive accreditation, please visit the TNA website: accreditation webpage