Berkshire’s Archives Achieve National Recognition

Berkshire Record Office

BERKSHIRE Record Office, the archives service for the Royal County, has been 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.

Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Berkshire Record Office has met clearly defined standards relating to management and planning, the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of customers.  It shows that the service is working hard to protect and promote the County’s rich archival heritage.

Berkshire Record Office is funded by all six district 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.

Cllr Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, commented: “I’d like to congratulate Berkshire Record Office on this prestigious accreditation. This national recognition is testament to all the hard work put in by the archive’s dedicated staff.

“It is also a great example of partnership working; it shows how a creative approach to service delivery can work and it is excellent to know these fantastic 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.”

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel “commended this well-managed and effective service [and] applauded the ongoing work to put collections information online.  It also noted the admirable partnership outreach work the service has recently engaged in, which they see as a real service strength.”

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Notes to editors:

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

Tel: 0118 937 5132

Email: arch@reading.gov.uk

Web: www.berkshirerecordoffice.org.uk

Facebook: www.facebook.com/berkshirerecordoffice

Twitter: www.twitter.com/berksarchives

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

The collections information referred to by the Accreditation Panel can be found at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation/.

The admirable partnership work referred to includes the Record Office’s support for the Artangel project ‘Inside’: www.artangel.org.uk/project/inside/.

For more information about Archive Service Accreditation visit: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation/

For a list of the newly Accredited Archive Services in the country: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/about/news/committee-announces-newly-accredited-archive-services-4/