Barnsley Archives and local studies achieves national accreditation

Barnsley Archives and Local Studies are proud to announce that they have been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.


Accredited Archive Services across the country ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard recognising good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status is a huge achievement and demonstrates that Barnsley Archives has clearly met 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.


Barnsley Archives preserves and make available to the public the important documentary heritage of the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley. First established in the old Central Library in 1987, it merged with the local studies library in 1998 to create the new department. It then moved into the Town Hall in 2013 to form part of the Heritage Lottery funded Experience Barnsley Museum and Discovery Centre, becoming a recognized place of deposit for public records in 2015. This year the service celebrated its 30th birthday in April, with the Mayor joining current staff, previous staff and customers at a special event to celebrate the many achievements of recent years.


The collections of Barnsley Archives cover the 12th to 21st centuries and include church records, maps, title deeds, newspapers, business records, school records and electoral registers. Flagship collections include the papers of the Spencer-Stanhope family of Cannon Hall, the records of the Barnsley Constabulary and Barnsley National Health Service archives.


Paul Stebbing, Archives Service Manager said: “Receiving this recognition from the National Archives is a milestone for the service and recognizes all our hard work in recent years to make the collections more easily accessible to researchers. Thousands more people are engaging with Barnsley’s rich heritage than ever before and this award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of all the staff.”


Councillor Roy Miller, Spokesperson for the Place said: “I am delighted with the award of accredited status. It is an acknowledgement of the immense hard work put in to developing the service over recent years. Barnsley now has one of the most visited archive services in the country and we are all very proud of its continued success.”


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