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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
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/accreditation.htm.

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 for a short time in Spring 2018  to allow for the form to be updated.

See
http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation/applying-for-archive-service-accreditation/ for further information.
 

Partners

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