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Knowsley’s archive given top rating

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley’s Archive Service has been given a top rating by the national body for archives.

The Archive Resource for Knowsley (ARK) has achieved National Accreditation, the highest possible quality rating, from the National Archives.

Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that ARK has met national standards relating to six criteria including management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.

The accredited status also demonstrates ARK is meeting and maintaining standards as an approved Place of Deposit for public records.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said:

“We’re delighted the ARK’s been awarded National Accreditation by the National Archives. It’s testament to the quality service and curation of the ARK’s collection to be officially recognised by the sector’s national body.

“The ARK is an amazing place housing thousands of documents, volumes, photographs, maps and much more. The collection is constantly growing and there’s been some really interesting recent additions through the ARK’s Heritage Lottery Fund supported community engagement projects, including engaging short films and artefacts from around the world.

“I’d urge anyone who hasn’t been to the ARK recently to pay a visit and find out more about the hidden histories of the borough.”

Knowsley’s Archive Service was inspected by three judges from the National Archives following months of work by the team reviewing and updating policies and procedures to meet the UK standards for archives. Potential outcomes from the assessment were: no accreditation, accreditation with some stipulations or full accreditation. The ARK achieved full accreditation.

The ARK is located on the first floor of the Kirkby Centre, Norwich Way, Kirkby, Knowsley, L32 8XY.  You can drop in to view the collections between 10am and 1pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. If you’d like an appointment outside these times you can get in touch on 0151 443 4291/ 4365 or by emailing infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk.

Follow the ARK on twitter @knowsleyarchive or facebook @knowsleyarchives or get in touch on 0151 443 4365 or email infoheritage@knowsley.gov.uk.