Manchester Central Library has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.
On Monday 12 October, Clem Brohier, Chief Operating Officer at the National Archives, presented Manchester Central Library with their Archive Service Accreditation certificate.
Archive Service Accreditation is the new UK wide standard for archive services and defines good practice and agreed standards.
An accredited archive service must provide a high level of service to their users, preserve their collections in line with national standards and are robust, sustainable services which plan and deliver ongoing improvement.
The National Archive's accreditation panel noted and praised the transformational nature of change at Manchester Central Library in recent years, specifically in the areas of developing a mass audience able to benefit from the service’s offer, the cultivation of many very positive and effective partnerships and the considerable improvements to long term preservation.
One recent addition to the Archive at Manchester Central Library is the Greater Manchester collections from the North West Sound Archive.
Previously based at Clitheroe Castle, Lancashire, The North West Sound Archive, records, collects and preserves sound recordings of the life, character, history and traditions of the North West England.
The collection includes oral histories include stories of places, dialects, communities, immigration, war, pastimes and industries around Greater Manchester.
The entire archive takes up about 170 metres in the archive strong rooms in the basement of Central Library. It's made up of every sound format imaginable from wax cylinders, 78 shellac discs, LPs, reel to reels, cassettes, minidiscs, CDs and USB sticks.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: "We are very pleased for our archives to have achieved this welcome recognition. The award highlights the expertise held by our archive staff and demonstrates the value of our archives and the many cultural riches they contain."
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