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Archive Service Accreditation is a UK wide scheme which sets standards for archive management, collection care and public service.

We manage the scheme for Wales, in partnership with The National Archives and other UK archive organisations.

The Accreditation Standard defines good practice and identifies agreed standards, encouraging and supporting development. It is aimed at organisations which hold archive collections, whatever their constitution. It covers both private and public sector archives which meet the eligibility criteria.

Benefits of accreditation

The benefits of accreditation include:

  • enabling archive services to review and develop their policies, plans and procedures against a UK-wide standard
  • identifying the strengths of the archive service and providing a framework for improvement.
  • demonstrating the quality of services to supporters, donors and grant-making bodies.

How to apply

New applicants to the scheme should first check the Eligibility Criteria, to confirm whether their organisation is eligible. Archive services in Wales should contact us for more information on how to apply.

Further information about the application process and online application system is available on The National Archives website (external link).

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