Falkirk Archives Achieves National Accreditation

Falkirk Archives at Callendar House has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation, the first Scottish archives to achieve this UK-wide standard.

Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the new UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Falkirk 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.

Falkirk Archives, located in Callendar House, manages the historical records of local organisations, churches, families, and Falkirk Council.  There are over 45,000 photographs and 1.5km of records, dating from 1430 to 2003. Most aspects of local life are covered; from school records to town council minutes; from foundry catalogues to church bazaar programmes, and everything in between.  Around 10,000 of the photographs can be viewed online along with cataloguing information about the archives and museum collections.  Anyone can find out about a variety of aspects of local history by visiting the search room in Callendar House, where the Archives team will help new users and experienced researchers to delve into the wealth of information.

Elspeth Reid, Archivist, commented: ‘This is the result of a lot of hard work and commitment from the Archives team with support from our colleagues in Heritage.  As one of the pilot archives for this new Accreditation Scheme we helped to lead the development of this standard within the Archives sector and have spent the last year raising the level of care and access we provide.  I’m delighted that we’ve achieved this, and it’s an added bonus to be the first archives in Scotland to meet this new standard.’

Maureen Campbell, Chief Executive of Falkirk Community Trust said: ‘We are so pleased to see the hard work of our team in Archives paying off with this accolade, and we are of course delighted to be at the forefront of the programme being the first archive in the country to receive the accreditation. We’re very proud of the work and the quality of Falkirk Archives and it’s wonderful to see them getting the credit they deserve.’

The Archive Service Accreditation assessors also noted that: ‘The service is delivering a great deal within very limited resources, with strong collections management and [is] also making a significant contribution to both cultural and records management services in Falkirk.’

Published on Thursday, 20th March 2014

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