SOMERSET AND DEVON ARCHIVES ACHIEVE NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

The South West Heritage Trust has achieved national Accreditation for its work in preserving and making accessible the remarkable archive heritage of Somerset and Devon. The Trust manages millions of archives at its Heritage Centres in Taunton, Exeter and Barnstaple. The archive collections date from the 8th century AD to the present day and are some of the foundation stones of West Country history.

Meeting demanding national standards

Accreditation is the UK quality standard recognising good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accreditation demonstrates that The South West Heritage Trust is meeting demanding national standards in caring for collections and making them available.

Congratulations to staff and partners 

Janet Tall, Head of Archives and Local Studies for the South West Heritage Trust, said: “Our staff and partners deserve huge congratulations on this achievement. We are delighted that our work to preserve collections and make them accessible to local communities has been recognised.”

 

Sharing best practise across two counties

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel congratulated the Trust on its vision and for sharing best practise across two counties. It described the Somerset service as ‘high performing’ while the Devon service was praised for meeting the needs of local communities. Work to secure and improve archive services at North Devon Record Office was particularly welcomed.

The Trust manages millions of archives at its Heritage Centres in Taunton, Exeter and Barnstaple