Announcement of Accredited Archive status renewal

Announcement of Accredited Archive status renewal

22nd March 2017

It was announced today by the National Archives that Exeter Cathedral’s Library and Archive has retained its prestigious Archive Service Accreditation, first awarded in 2014.

Exeter is the only Cathedral in the UK to hold Accredited Archive status, which is only awarded following a recommendation from the national assessor body The National Archives. Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.

Achieving this accreditation status demonstrates that Exeter Cathedral’s Library and Archive continues to meet clearly 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.

Commenting on the renewal Ann Barwood BEM (Canon Librarian) said:

“We continue to strive to be the best we can be and this judgement by our peers on our service is very important to us.”

In addition to providing services for researchers (the Library and Archive offers an enquiry service, reading room and online catalogue) there are also events to widen public access. The next of these include an opportunity to discover the 10th century Exeter Book (Wednesday 5th April 2017) and the Cathedral’s “Second Folio” edition of Shakespeare’s complete works which was published in 1632 (Monday 24th April 2017)

Pictured: a page from the 10th Century Exeter Book

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