Berkshire Archives Office Achieves National Recognition

Berkshire Archives Accreditation

BERKSHIRE Record Office, which provides archives services for the Royal County, is celebrating after being awarded Archive Service Accreditation.

Archives Service Accreditation is the UK quality standard for archive services.  It recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.   It is awarded by a national committee which represents the entire archive sector.

Berkshire Record Office is funded by all six councils in Berkshire, including Reading Borough Council. It is based in Reading but cares for original books, papers, plans and photographs from across the County.  The earliest items date from the 12th century.  Notable collections include not just the council archives but those of the Thames Conservancy, Broadmoor Hospital and Reading Prison.

The award will be marked at 1pm on Friday, 16 June when Jeff James, Chief Executive of The National Archives, comes to Reading to present a certificate to the Record Office.

Councillor Sarah Hacker, Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services commented:

“I am pleased to see the Berkshire Record Office receive this accreditation. It demonstrates all the hard work that he team have put in, and it is excellent to know that our vast array of resources are in safe hands.”

Mark Stevens, County Archivist added:

“I think everyone involved with Berkshire’s archives can feel really proud today.  It’s a chance to celebrate our achievements as well as the heritage that makes the county special.  Congratulations all.”

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper at The National Archives said:

“The Accreditation panel described Berkshire as well managed and effective, and clearly committed to providing a high quality experience to its users. Berkshire Record Office is a great example of how an archive can open up their collection and inspire trust and enrich people’s lives.”

Berkshire Archives Team


Notes to editors:

PHOTOCALL: You are invited to send a photographer to the awards ceremony between 1pm and 1.30pm at the Berkshire Records Office.

Berkshire Record Office is based at 9 Coley Avenue, Reading, RG1 6AF.

Tel: 0118 937 5132

It is open to the public on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-5, Thursdays 9-9 and Fridays 9-4.30.  Entry is free.

The collections information referred to by the Accreditation Panel can be found at

The admirable partnership work referred to includes the Record Office’s support for the Artangel project ‘Inside’:

For more information about Archive Service Accreditation visit:

Victoria Nickless

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