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National recognition for Cathedral Archives

National recognition for Cathedral Archives

Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library has been awarded a national accolade for the way it looks after, preserves and makes accessible its rich collection of historical records.

It has been announced today (Thursday 23 November 2017) that Archive Service Accreditation has been awarded to the small Cathedral team. This makes Canterbury only the second cathedral in the country to achieve the recognized status.

The Cathedral Archives houses the historical records of the Cathedral itself, which date from the late 8th century to the present day. The importance of the Cathedral’s own medieval records has been recognized by UNESCO as part of the UK Memory of the World register.

The Cathedral also looks after the historical records of the City of Canterbury, which start in the 12th century and which include a particularly significant set of charters. Also held at the Cathedral are the archives of East Kent parishes and other collections of great local interest.

Head of Archives and Library, Cressida Williams said: “We are delighted to achieve accreditation which is great testament to the dedication and hard work of our wonderful team at the Cathedral, to our unique collections and to the communities which support us.”

Accreditation is a UK wide quality standard which offers a benchmark for gauging performance, recognising achievement and driving improvement within the archives sector.

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel congratulated Canterbury Cathedral Archives on “their strong and well-managed service, whose efforts were closely connected to the mission of the Cathedral”. Panel members applauded the efforts to reach out to a variety of audiences, both through the very substantial investment in The Canterbury Journey and through ongoing outreach activity.”

Members of the Archives and Library team recently shared some of their favourite items from the Archives on social media as part of the National Archives ‘Explore Your Archives’ week. You can watch their short films here.

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