Otley Courthouse Heritage Group
Name: Otley Courthouse Heritage Group
Description: Otley Courthouse Heritage Group
Contributor: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Rights: West Yorkshire Archive Service
Otley Courthouse Heritage Group have become the fifth group to complete the Community Archive Accreditation Scheme, run by the West Yorkshire Archive Service.

Otley Courthouse Heritage Group have been officially recognised for all their hard work and dedication by a scheme launched by the West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS). The Community Archive Accreditation Scheme was introduced in Autumn 2011 to provide a platform to celebrate the excellent work already happening and offer guidance for new and developing groups. The Scheme is part of the three year Heritage Lottery Funded Project ‘ West Yorkshire: Our Stories’ which includes other work such as our Sporting Heroes project and a training programme for local community heritage groups.

WYAS accredited groups are making a difference to their communities and always make an effort to give local people a chance to be involved with their own history and heritage. The Archive Service hopes to engage as many groups as possible in the Accreditation Scheme which has already received national attention. If you are a member of a community archive group or know someone who is and would like to be involved please get in touch or visit the website at www.nowthen.org for more information.

Councillor Neil Taggart, Chair of West Yorkshire Joint Services Committee, which oversees the work of the Archive Service, says “Our Accreditation scheme is an important  and unique resource for community groups. The West Yorkshire Archive Service is the first to offer a scheme of this kind which provides recognition, support and celebration of the important and dedicated work of community archives in the region. The hard work and achievements of groups such as those already accredited has inspired others to get involved and we hope the scheme will continue to grow and grow”.

Otley Courthouse Heritage Group says “The Accreditation process enabled the Memories Group to achieve best practice through community participation, accessing specialist training and benefit from networking opportunities with other heritage groups.”

Does your group work with community archives or heritage? Would you like to know more about the Community Archive Accreditation Scheme? The pack and all resources can be downloaded from the Accreditation section or please e-mail educationandoutreach@wyjs.org.uk for further information.