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Date: 26/05/2017

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service has been named the UK's best "Record Keeping Service' for 2017.

The Worcestershire County Council service faced strong competition at the annual Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland) Excellence Awards for 2017. It triumphed against three other, high achieving organisations, in the private and public sector. The final decision was made by public vote.
John Chambers, Archives and Records Association's (ARA) Chief Executive Officer, said: “Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service was the clear winner of this year’s Record-keeping Service of the Year award.

"It is not alone, of course, in having committed, professional staff in the local government sector that are determined to maintain a quality service to the wider community in the county despite acute financial pressures.
"But its range and depth of activities and success in placing itself at the heart of the culture life of Worcestershire are just two reasons that make the Service special"
Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service will receive its award at an event and ceremony later in the year at The Hive in Worcester, to be presented by the ARA’s President, Dr Alexandrina Buchanan.
Dr Lisa Snook, User Services Manager at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, said: "We are thrilled to be awarded the ARA Record Keeping Services of the Year award. The award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team, who are committed to ensuring that all of our customers receive a great experience of our service.
"The winner was determined by the votes of customers of archives as well as archive professionals, so the award is particularly meaningful."
Here are some interesting facts about Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service:
  • Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Services are based at The Hive, Worcester
  • They hold 12 miles of archives, dating from the 12th century to modern day
  • The archives are a mixture of paper and parchment as well as modern media such as photographs, CDs and DVDs
  • Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Services have 45 volunteers, who generously gave over 3,650 hours to Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service last year
  • They hosted 21 sessions with Worcestershire schools last year
  • They  hold William Shakespeare's marriage bond
  • In 2013 they were one of the first 3 local authorities to be awarded Accredited Archive status, under a newly established scheme for archives in the UK