Any archive service who meets the following six eligibility criteria can apply for accredited status.

1. An archive holding organisation

Your organisation should hold a collection which meets the following definition of an archive:

'Materials created or received by a person, family or organisation, public or private, in the conduct of their affairs and preserved because of the enduring value contained in them or as evidence of the functions and responsibilities of their creator, especially those materials maintained using the principles of provenance, original order and collective control; permanent records.' (Society of American Archivists)

2. Size of holdings

Your archive collection(s) should meet, or exceed, one or more of the following:

  • c. 4000 items
  • c. 50 linear metres
  • c. 4.2 cubic metres

3. Provision of access

You must offer some access to your archive collections beyond members of your own institution or organisation.

4. Digital records

Repositories of solely digital materials are currently not eligible for this accreditation scheme.

5. Staffing

Your archive service must be managed by competent staff, with access to professional archival expertise appropriate to the type and nature of the organisation and collection.

6. Storage

Your archive service must be equipped with dedicated secure storage for the records that you hold.

For more information about eligibility see our guidance

Archive Service Accreditation eligibility guidance (PDF, 0.66MB)

Achrediad Gwasanaethau Archifau: Meini Prawf Cymhwyster (PDF, 0.68MB)

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