TAMESIDE Local Studies and Archives Centre has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation.
This is the UK quality standard and recognises good performance in all areas of service delivery. Accredited services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage.
Achieving the status demonstrates that Tameside Council has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing, the care of its collections and what the service offers to users.
Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, said: “We are extremely pleased that Tameside Local Studies and Archives has been recognised and achieved accreditation. The honour is very much deserved.
“The staff and volunteers work very hard to provide a service that has become highly valued and has a reputation that stretches far beyond Tameside.
“People from all over the world visit the Ashton centre to research family history, and it has been used by such renowned historians as Professor Gary Sheffield, one of the leading authorities on the First World War.”
As well as holding the archives of Tameside Council and its nine predecessors, Tameside Local Studies Centre, which is in Ashton-under-Lyne, holds books, maps, local newspapers dating back to the mid-19th century, a wide range of documents and photographs from private donors, and the records of the Manchester Regiment.
In congratulating Tameside on having an innovative and effective service, the accreditation panel said there were elements of access which were significant in a national context and reflected a deep commitment to realising the benefits of heritage engagement.
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