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National award for archives staff

John Taylor, Treasure House and Archives manager, centre, with Katy Thornton (front row, right) and menbers of the Archives and Local Studies team.

Staff at East Riding Archives and Local Studies, based at the Treasure House in Beverley, have been presented with a coveted national award – The National Archive Accredited Service Award.

Archives and Records Association Board Member Katy Thornton came to the Treasure House to present the award, accompanied by Keith Sweetmore, National Archives Engagement Manager. The ceremony was held in the presence of Councillor Richard Burton, portfolio holder for leisure, tourism and culture, and Councillor Caroline Fox, chairman of the council.

Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of the country’s archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of the delivery of archive service.

Achieving accredited status shows that East Riding Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections; and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

The Accreditation Panel from The National Archives which made the award “congratulated the service on working well across the Accreditation standard and on its level of achievement throughout. This strong performance represented a good service to the people of the East Riding, and a significant investment in their collections.”

East Riding Archives and Local Studies offers the chance to visit the extensive and unique archives collection based at the Treasure House, or to go online and see the online catalogue of the documents and books held in the East Riding collections at any time. The service also offers the chance to research family history, and organises regular events. East Riding Archives also now offers a selection of historic East Yorkshire images through the online gift-ordering website, Zazzle.

Full details of East Riding Archives and Local Studies can be found at : www2.eastriding.gov.uk/leisure/archives-family-and-local-history/