Jersey Heritage is proud to announce that Jersey Archive has retained its status as a fully accredited archive under the criteria required by The National Archives Accreditation Scheme.
The news, which has been announced today (22nd) by The National Archives (TNA), follows a recent submission by Jersey Archive to the scheme, with the Accreditation Panel describing it as a “highly effective archive service” and praising staff for their work.
Linda Romeril, Jersey Heritage’s Archives and Collections Director, said: “I am delighted that our archive service has been reaccredited and continues to meet the national standards that we aspire to. The accreditation report has highlighted the strong team at the Archive and it is wonderful to see their hard work recognised.”
The National Archives Accreditation Scheme defines good practice and agreed standards for archive services across the UK, encouraging and supporting the development of the archive service. Jersey Archive was one of the earliest services to be accredited in 2014, with reaccreditation required every six years.
The report on Jersey Archive’s successful assessment said: “The Panel welcomed this positive update from a highly effective archive service, which consistently reflects on and continues to develop its role. They commended the strong support of the Jersey government; this investment is being well used to build the archive service’s presence and to increase its productive contribution to the life of the Island.”
The assessors who reviewed Jersey Archive’s submission made the following key findings:
- Jersey Archive’s staff form a strong team, with excellent leadership and managerial support at a high level. The service makes good use of its position within the wider Jersey Heritage Trust for cross-sectoral working, joined-up collections management, and enhanced access opportunities.
- An introductory film describes the collections at Jersey Archive as ‘the beating heart of our Island’s story’. There is no doubt that the service makes a major contribution to both the heritage and good governance of Jersey and enjoys a high and positive profile in the Island.
- The assessment team was struck by the coherence of Jersey Archive’s policies, plans and procedures. Following its previous successful accreditation application, the service has continued to make strong progress in key areas, including archives accommodation, staff levels and digital preservation.
Linda said: “The report highlights our impressive online catalogue and the fact that, as a service, we have risen to the challenge of providing access to archives over the past year. The assessors noted our strong relationships with colleagues at Jersey Heritage and also the support that the service has received from Government through funding of a new strongroom block that was completed last year and additional staff to work in areas, such as digital preservation and cataloguing.”