The Archives Service Accreditation programme directed by The National Archives looks for a range of standards that includes 'collections care and conservation'. These conservation standards require evidence that a service has a "co-ordinated and documented approach to collections care and conservation activity, guided by coherent policies, plans and procedures". The type of evidence that demonstrates compliance includes
- Benchmarks assessments (Benchmarks 3.0 Conservation Management Tool)
- Collections survey data and reports (e.g. Preservation Assessment Survey or similar)
- Conservation/Care Policy and Strategy documents
- Environmental information
- Building quality information demonstrating compliance with BS4971:2017 and EN16893:2018
- Emergency Plans
NCS can review the state of your current documentation and help you produce or improve it in readiness of your Accreditation assessment. We can carry out a compliance assessment of your building against the standards expected for Accreditation, defining any required improvements as part of an action plan. We will undertake benchmark and collections surveys, monitoring and reports, produce policies, strategies and action plans specifically tailored to your setting. If you would like help with your Accreditation preparation contact NCS. To receive this as part of an annual support plan, join the National Conservation Service.