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The National Arts Education Archive at Yorkshire Sculpture Park achieves national accreditation

05 Dec 2018

The National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park (YSP) has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation. 
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 the NAEA 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.
The NAEA was established in 1985 to provide a documentary trace of the development of arts education in the UK and worldwide, by collecting children’s and students' work and the papers, letters and work of key educators and artists in the visual arts, music and language. After 25 years as an independent charitable trust, the NAEA is now managed by YSP.
Anna Bowman, Curator of the NAEA, commented: “We’re delighted to achieve national recognition for the National Arts Education Archive, which acknowledges the quality of our collection management and the service that we provide to the users that access the archive. This is testament to the hard work of the NAEA staff and our volunteers.”
The Archive Service Accreditation Panel noted that “The Panel were hugely impressed with the commitment of the team in delivering this service and developing an Archive Service Accreditation application. They noted a range of strengths, particularly excellent outreach, exhibitions and vision for collections development. The team’s commitment to responsible custodianship and recognition of the need to work towards a sustainable future for the archive were very welcome, and the positive support received from the Yorkshire Sculpture Park context was effective and timely.”
Find out more about the NAEA and its collections
Notes to Editors

About the National Arts Education Archive
The National Arts Education Archive (NAEA) at Yorkshire Sculpture Park was established at Bretton Hall College in 1985. Its inauguration was a direct response to the perceived need for key collections of materials to be brought together in one place; to secure their future as touchstones in the development of teaching and learning; and as an archive for professional reference and research. After 25 years as an independent charitable trust, the NAEA is now managed by YSP. The Archive’s original aims and objectives are in line with YSP’s overall mission, to enable access to, understanding and enjoyment of art. ysp.org.uk/NAEA
About Archive Service Accreditation
Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services. It defines good practice and identifies agreed standards within the archive sector. It is a UK-wide quality standard which offers a benchmark for gauging performance, recognising achievement and driving improvement within the archives sector. Archive Service Accreditation is awarded by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee, representing the entire archive sector. 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. nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation

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Bob and Roberta Smith with Anna Bowman at the NAEA. Courtesy YSP. Photo © Jon Harrison

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