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'Ane Account off the Ancient and Present State of Orkney' (1684) - Orkney Archives

Latest Accredited Archive Services

Release Date: 23 November 2017

On behalf of the Archive Service Accreditation team in Scotland, we are delighted to announce the latest outcome of the panel.

Orkney Archive is the latest Scottish service to be awarded Archive Service Accreditation. Orkney Archive are the eighth Scottish service to be accredited. The Panel applauded the valuable service provided by the archives and recognised the pride felt by the people of Orkney in their heritage. This was supported by this well-run, effective service and its positive approach to developing access to collections and to broadening its volunteer base. Putting the archive catalogue online would significantly improve the visibility of collections to remote users and the Panel urged the service to pursue this. They felt that developing this online offer would better serve the people of Orkney, particularly those beyond the Mainland.

Everyone involved with Orkney Archive is thrilled and excited at becoming an accredited archive service. It has taken a lot of work to reach this stage but it has all been worthwhile, and the policies and procedures developed as part of the accreditation process mean that the archive service can continue to develop with clear aims and goals. The award is a credit to the archive’s small but dedicated workforce, who provide a level of service which frequently surpasses expectations. We will not rest on our laurels for too long however, but will strive to continue to improve in the future.
David Mackie, Senior Archivist, Orkney Archive

The panel also awarded accreditation to Lloyds Banking Group Archives. This was a dual award by the English and Scottish assessors, reflecting the English, Scottish and national context of the collection. The Scottish holdings, based in Edinburgh, include the UNESCO World Memory inscribed Bank of Scotland collection, dating from the Bank’s founding in 1695.

Lloyds Banking Group takes great pride in our distinguished history and heritage, and I'm delighted that our archives have been recognised in this way. Accreditation is a significant accolade, reflecting the highly professional service our archive team provides to the business and the communities in which we operate, in support of our wider ambition to help Britain prosper.
Fiona Cannon, Group Director, Responsible Business & Inclusion

To see the full list of services awarded accreditation at this panel, click here.

The archives accreditation process has been created by archivists from across the UK. They acknowledge organisations that provide a high level of service to users, preserving collections in line with UK standards and who are committed to sustainable services and ongoing improvement.
Archive Service Accreditation is a UK-wide quality standard that offers a benchmark to gauge performance, recognises achievement and drives improvement within the archives sector.

In Scotland, accreditation is overseen by the National Records of Scotland and the Scottish Council on Archives. Any archive service meeting the eligibility criteria can apply. The standard and accompanying guidance are available here.