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Record-Keeping Service of the Year

April 19, 20178:36 pmLeave a Comment

Suffolk Record Office has been nominated for Record-Keeping Service of the year at this year’s Archives and Records Association (ARA) Excellence Awards.

The ARA Excellence Awards are in their second year and comprise three categories:

  • Distinguished Service Award
  • Record-keeper of the Year Award
  • Record-keeping Service of the Year Award.

The awards celebrate the achievements of record keeping professionals across the UK and their contribution to society. The Record-Keeping Service of the Year Award will recognise achievements by an archive, conservation or records management service within the last eighteen months.

Suffolk Record Office has been nominated for the development of its digital preservation system along with their new website and online payment service. Digitisation of records is now being done in-house on wills, marriage licences, gaol books, photographs, coroners’ records and more. This follows the Record Office’s success in being a finalist in the Digital Preservation Coalition Awards last year.

In addition to this, Suffolk Record Office has recently secured Heritage Lottery Funding of £538,100 for a new heritage centre in Ipswich, in partnership with the University of Suffolk. ‘The Hold’ will not only completely transform its ability to care for and showcase the county’s records and collections, but will also promote them and give access to a broader audience.

The project to develop ‘The Hold’ includes a programme of activities and events highlighting the national and global relevance of record office collections. Part of this is ‘Mapping Suffolk’s Stories’ which will use historic maps as a starting point for uncovering stories about people, places and events. Record Office staff, aided by the University of Suffolk, heritage organisations and teachers, will work with community groups and schools to explore local heritage.

Kate Chantry, Manager of Suffolk Record Office, said: “We are thrilled to have been nominated for the Record-Keeping Service of the Year at this year’s ARA awards. This recognition reflects the hard work we do to help residents of Suffolk to access information about their heritage and history as well as to preserve these records for future generations to discover and enjoy.”

Last year’s award was keenly contested and over 2000 votes were cast for the five nominated services. This year, four services have been nominated, they are:

  • Suffolk Record Office
  • Aviva Plc
  • Bishopsgate Institute
  • Worcestershire Record Office

Jon Elliott, Head of Public Affairs at the Archives and Records Association, said: “Four strong candidates are going head-to-head in 2017 for the prestigious ARA Record-Keeping Service of the Year award. This award is open to all providers of records and archives in the UK and Republic of Ireland. The winner will largely be determined by the votes of fellow records professionals and customers of archives and records offices, hence why it is especially prized. We at the ARA wish all the candidates the best of luck.”

More information about each of the candidates is available on the Archives and Records Association’s website:

Voting is now open for the Record-Keeping Service of the Year. You can vote via the link below and you have until midnight on Sunday 30 April to do so:

Written by Judith Stephenson

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