Oldham Local Studies and Archives achieves National Accreditation

Oldham Local Studies and Archives has been awarded the prestigious Archive Service Accreditation.


Oldham Local Studies and Archives has been awarded the prestigious status of full Archive Service Accreditation by The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee. This scheme is a UK wide quality standard which offers a benchmark for measuring performance, recognising achievement and driving improvement within the archives sector.


Accredited Archive Services ensure the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage.  Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Oldham Local Studies and Archives has met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing; the care of its unique collections and what the service offers to its entire range of users.


Archive Service Accreditation is supported by a UK-wide partnership of The National Archives, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, the Welsh Government through its Museums Archives and Libraries Wales Division, Archives and Records Association (UK & Ireland), Scottish Council on Archives, and Archives and Records Council Wales.


Housed in the old post office building on Union Street, Oldham Local Studies and Archives cares for and provides access to the archives that tell the unique stories of the communities that make up the borough of Oldham. The service is currently working towards moving into the new Arts and Heritage Centre, OMA, which will be based in the old library building on Union Street.


Roger Ivens, Local Studies Officer commented:

We are extremely pleased to receive this national recognition for our archive service. All of the staff and volunteers at Oldham Local Studies and Archives deserve acknowledgement and thanks for their hard work and contributions towards this award. This award will act as a platform for the future development of the service as its move towards an exciting new future in OMA.

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel noted that:

We were pleased to see this application return with fuller plans and confirmed timescales for delivering the major OMA project. This would transform the archive service’s profile, while the accompanying offsite store would deliver major preservation benefits.


You can keep up with our progress towards the creation of OMA by following our blog. And you can already search through thousands of items held in the collections of Oldham Archives online today.