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We are now accepting applications for Archive Service Accreditation from eligible archive services.
To apply, an archive service must meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a collection which meets the definition of an archive
  • Meet or exceed the required size of collections
  • Offer some access to archive collections beyond members of the parent body
  • Have some collections in analogue format: solely digital archive services are not currently eligible
  • Be managed by competent staff, with access to professional expertise
  • Be equipped with dedicated secure storage for records

For full details of the eligibility criteria and all other aspects of Archive Service Accreditation, see


The archives sector in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland is represented in the partnership which developed the scheme and supports its implementation: