Accreditation Success!

Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre is delighted to announce that we have been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.

Achieving accredited status demonstrates that we have met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing, as well as the care of our unique collections and the service we offer to our entire range of users.

Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre along with the City of Westminster Archive Service are the first out of the thirty-two borough archive services in London to be awarded Accredited Status.

The Accreditation Panel noted that Barking and Dagenham Archives and Local Studies Centre is ‘an exemplar of a London borough archive service, and what can be achieved for archives and their community’.

This award means that Heritage Services has received its second accreditation in a matter of months following on from Valence House Museum retaining its full Accredited Museum Status back in July.

We would love for you to help us celebrate our accreditation success on Thursday 6 October at 2pm to 4pm. There will be a special talk on the top ten treasures from the archive according to Archivist, Clare Sexton, and then a Cream Tea Reception where staff will be presented with their Accreditation Certificate by Caroline Ottaway-Searle, Director of Public Engagement at The National Archives.


Archive Servive Accreditation is…

  • The UK standard for archive services. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards within the archive sector.
  • It is a UK wide quality standard which offers a benchmark for gauging performance, recognising achievement and driving improvement within the archives sector.
  • Archive Service Accreditation is awarded by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee, representing the entire archive sector.
  • It is supported by a UK wide partnership of The National Archives , National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government through its CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales division, Archives and Records Association, Scottish Council on Archives, and Archives and Records Council Wales.


Accredited Archive Services are…

  • Externally recognised for their good performance in all aspects of governance and management, collections management , and provision of services to all users
  • Sustainable and robust, ensuring the long term acquisition, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage
  • Adaptive, relevant and resilient in a changing internal and external environment
  • Clear about their mission, ensuring effective planning, decision making and optimal use of resources
  • Responsive to all their stakeholders and trusted in the management of their unique collections
  • Supported by expert staff within clear and effective governance structures

 For more information about Archive Service Accreditation visit the UK National Archives website.


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