We have two fairly big announcements to make!
Firstly, some of you are likely up to date on this, but the IOE has now officially merged with UCL. As of December 2nd, we are now the IOE Archive at the UCL Institute of Education. For more information on the merger, visit here.
Secondly, our Archive has been awarded National Archive Accreditation status (which was also made official on December 2nd… December 2nd was a pretty big day around these parts)! The IOE Archive is the first archive of an educational institution in London to be accredited.
Accreditation is the new UK quality standard that recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. To achieve accredited status, an archive must demonstrate that it has met clearly defined national standards relating to the management and resourcing of the care of its unique collections and the service it offers to its users.
The accreditation panel that made the award noted the following:
[They] were very impressed with the application and the range of ways in which the service is delivering its mission. They noted specifically the excellence of the documentation submitted, which reflects on the service’s strong management and planning. They congratulated the service on its achievements and innovative good practice in many areas, specifically developing outreach, broadening the volunteering offer and tackling digital preservation issues which many larger and better-resourced services have struggled to address.
We are so pleased to now be fully accredited, and want to thank the accreditation team for all of their help and support as we went through the application process.
For more information on accreditation, head to the National Archives.