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Accreditation

Cumbria Archive Service was awarded Archive Service Accreditation in 2013. It was the first Archive Service (out of approximately 2,000 Archives in the UK) to achieve this national recognition. Cumbria's Accreditation was renewed in 2016.

Accreditation is the new UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Cumbria Archive Service 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.

Accreditation is an independent endorsement that Cumbria Archive Service is:-

 Externally recognised for its good performance in all aspects of governance and management, collections management , and provision of services to all users

 Sustainable and robust, ensuring the long term acquisition, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage

 Adaptive, relevant and resilient in a changing internal and external environment 

 Clear about its mission, ensuring effective planning, decision making and optimal use of resources

Responsive to all its stakeholders and trusted in the management of its unique collections

Supported by expert staff within clear and effective governance structures

 The UK Accreditation Panel noted of Cumbria Archive Service:-

  "The Service has a clear vision of its value and how it can deliver to support the people and the county of Cumbria"

  "There is a real user focus to the service, which shine's out of the service's planning and public face.  The sheer range of the user offer is impressive, as is the quality of delivery"

"Staff development and volunteer support are real strengths"

 "The Service has very high usage from local communities around each branch; given the low population of the county, user numbers are impressive and the high proportion of users from the county even more so".

 "Work with schools gets particular focus as does developing the online offer as a means of overcoming the geographical challenges of such a dispersed user base"

 "Cumbria Archive Service's strong overall performance and in particular the transformative outcomes resulting from successful implementation of the HLF-funded new development at Carlisle, go far beyond improvements in accommodation to support access, outreach and general user offer".