Local Studies Service Honoured

Date Released - 11/02/2019

STAFF at Tameside Local Studies and Archives Centre are eagerly awaiting a new addition to the vast collection they hold on behalf of the borough.

On Wednesday, February 20, the president of the Archives and Records Association, Alex Buchanan, will be visiting the Cotton Street, Ashton, building to present Archive Service Accreditation.

The award was announced last summer. It came as a reward for staff, led by interim archivist Jane Donaldson, who put in a huge effort in a short space of time.

Archive Service Accreditation is the UK quality standard and recognises good performance in all areas of delivery. Accredited services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of the nation’s archive heritage.

Achieving the status shows 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 the public.

Feedback from the Archives and Records Association said that Local Studies provided a very well run service. Staff were praised for their innovative and effective service offer. Their volunteer programme was especially commended.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council’s executive member for lifelong learning, said: “I’m proud and delighted that our local studies and archives service has received this prestigious accreditation.

“The staff and volunteers do a superb job as guardians of the borough’s rich and eventful history. They provide a service that has won them a reputation that stretches far beyond the boundaries of Tameside.

“People from all over the world visit the local studies centre to research family history, and it is regularly consulted by professional historians, including Professor Gary Sheffield who is one of the leading authorities on the First World War.”

In addition to the archives of Tameside Council and its nine predecessor authorities, Tameside Local Studies Centre 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.

The service now plans to build on the feedback and recommendations to ensure that accreditation is retained in the future, and that the service continues to thrive.

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