Barnsley Archives and Local Studies Service achieves national accreditation for the second time.

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies Service, the custodian of the borough's documentary heritage, has been awarded the prestigious Archive Service Accreditation for the second time by the National Archives.


The accreditation recognises the service's compliance with national standards and best practices, and its commitment to continuous improvement and development.


The service was one of the first in Yorkshire to receive the accreditation in 2017 and has maintained its high standards of excellence and innovation in the management and delivery of archival services.


The winner of many awards it has previously won the Record-keeping Service of the Year award by the Archives and Records Association in 2022, for its outstanding contribution to the preservation and promotion of the borough's history and culture.


Barnsley Archives and Local Studies collects, preserves, and makes accessible the documentary heritage of the borough, dating from the 12th to the 21st centuries. It holds thousands of boxes of archives donated by individuals, families, and organisations, covering various aspects of the borough's social, economic, political, and cultural history.


Cllr Robin Franklin, Cabinet Spokesperson in charge of Regeneration and Culture, said: "We’re delighted that Barnsley Archives and Local Studies Service has achieved this national recognition for the second time. This is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the staff and volunteers, who have ensured that our borough's rich and diverse heritage is preserved and shared with current and future generations. The service is a valuable asset for Barnsley and we are proud of its achievements and contributions."


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