In 2009 the West Yorkshire Archive Service (WYAS) received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to undertake a three year long project 'West Yorkshire: Our Stories’ aimed at increasing community participation with both the archive service and local heritage and history. An element of this project is the Accreditation Scheme which was developed to create a benchmark of best practice. Groups work towards accreditation at their own pace and training sessions are provided to support groups.
To create an information resource that sets a benchmark for best practice within community heritage groups, raising standards in all core activities of these groups whilst actively promoting sustainability of both practice and collections.
- •Create a set of basic and achievable standards for the core activities of community heritage groups.
- •Create the opportunity for groups to gain a recognisable mark that indicates the high standards they are working to.
- •Create usable and accessible information resources that are supported by training provision to ensure groups feel able to
complete the Accreditation process.
The Accreditation Scheme can be found here.