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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

Archive services planning to make an application for Archive Service Accreditation after 5 April 2018 should note that we are carrying out a light touch review of Archive Service Accreditation and its guidance documentation, including the application form.  This means that the online application system will close from 6 April 2018 until mid June 2018 to allow for the form to be updated.

See for further information.


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