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Archive is joint-funded by Bedford Borough, Central Bedfordshire and Luton Borough Councils

Bedfordshire Archives & Records Service, the oldest county records office in the country, has again been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery.

Achieving accredited status demonstrates that Bedfordshire Archives has met 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.

The Bedfordshire Archive & Records Service was established in 1913. It collects, preserves and makes available to the public the documentary heritage for the historic county of Bedfordshire.

Bedford Borough Mayor, Dave Hodgson, said:

“People come from around the world to visit Bedfordshire Archives. The service is brimming with ancient records, documents, photographs, treasures and relics – all of which can be used to build a picture of how things were and what we can learn from them.

“Achieving Accredited Archive Services status is recognition of the hard work that goes into ensuring the long-term collection, preservation and accessibility of our archive heritage.”

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel were glad to see that the service had addressed actions set at the original award in 2016 and had also been able to manage some emerging issues during the first three years of the award.

For more information on Bedfordshire Archives, visit

For more information about Archive Service Accreditation, visit (then search for ‘Archives-Sector’/ ‘Archive Service Accreditation’).