Cornwall Studies & Archive Service gets national recognition

Cornwall Council’s Archives and Cornish Studies Service is made up of Cornwall Record Office in Truro and the Cornish Studies Library in Redruth. Together, they are home to thousands of manuscripts, maps, photographs and books related to Cornwall’s history.

The Service celebrates and promotes Cornwall’s distinct written heritage, and ensures it is well preserved and accessible both now and in the future.

The Service, and collections, will come together under one roof in 2018 in Kresen Kernow, Cornwall’s new archive centre, which is currently being constructed on the former Redruth Brewery site. Secured by a £11.7 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund Kresen Kernow will be an exemplary modern archive and library space, bringing together the world’s largest collection of manuscripts, books and documents related to Cornwall, as well as Cornwall Record Office, the Cornish Studies Library and the Cornwall and Scilly Historic Environment (42).jpg

It is hoped that one of the 6 original Cornish Ordinalia manuscripts – 15th century Story of the Bible plays written in Cornish – will be returned to Cornwall and housed there.

Last week the Archives and Cornish Studies Service was awarded Archive Service Accreditation by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee.

Accreditation is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery, including caring for unique archive collections, good management and resourcing, and what the service offers its users.

Tamsin Daniel, interim Culture Programme Manager said; “This is a fantastic achievement for the Cornwall Records Office and Cornish Studies Library and no small feat to achieve whilst so much of the team’s resource has been focused on managing the delivery of Kresen Kernow”

Launched in 2013, the Archive Service Accreditation is the UK standard for archive services and it defines good practice and agreed standards”

The Archive Service Accreditation Panel noted that “the Panel recognized the service’s development and achievement and look forward to seeing it fulfil its potential in the new Kresen Kernow”.