WestThe Pennine Horizons Digital Archive team with their accreditation certificate, L-R Frank Woolrych, Nigel Lloyd, Ann Kilbey, David Taylor, David Martin. Yorkshire Archive Service
Name: WestThe Pennine Horizons Digital Archive team with their accreditation certificate, L-R Frank Woolrych, Nigel Lloyd, Ann Kilbey, David Taylor, David Martin. Yorkshire Archive Service
Description: The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive team with their accreditation certificate, L-R Frank Woolrych, Nigel Lloyd, Ann Kilbey, David Taylor, David Martin.
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The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive team are only the second group to achieve this goal and become a West Yorkshire Archive Service Accredited group.

The West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS) recently launched their community archive Accreditation Scheme as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Project ‘West Yorkshire: Our Stories’. The scheme is a component of wider provision and outreach to community archive groups in the region which hopes to raise standards and recognise the hard work going on in local communities. WYAS currently has ten community archive groups enrolled onto the scheme, across the five districts of Bradford, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds and Wakefield.

 In 2009 WYAS received a grant of £158,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide support to community groups by providing archival training and encouraging development through introducing new initiatives. WYAS is focused on broadening the audience of the archives and welcoming new-comers to our search rooms and this project has helped us realise our aims. The launch of the Accreditation Scheme represents an important step in recognising the importance of community archives for local people and regional heritage.

The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive is based in Hebden Bridge. The team’s function is the acquisition and digital preservation of photographs, oral history, video recordings and other pertinent published material relating to the Upper Calder Valleys. The Pennine Horizons Digital Archive team has been involved with the project throughout and because of the evidence of their hard work and dedication was invited to be one of the first groups to become accredited under the new scheme. From April 2011, the group has worked tirelessly to produce an exemplary portfolio of all aspects of their project, from large-scale public events and the induction and training of their volunteers, to their digitisation policies and procedures. The group are now involved in mentoring other community archive groups entering into the accreditation scheme.

If your group would like more information or would like to get involved in the scheme, please call Rachel on (0113) 393 9775 or email educationandoutreach@wyjs.org.uk.