Rebecca Pizzey

Editorial assistant

National Theatre achieves National Archive Accreditation

4:15, 27th December 2017

The National Theatre (NT) has become the first theatre in the UK to achieve Archive Service Accreditation. In November, it became the 100th service awarded to date, and the accreditation honours the NT’s archive of historical material, which contains all of the creative, technical and administrative records of the theatre, from its founding year of 1963.

Companies that are awarded with the Archive Service Accreditation are bestowed with the assurance of the collection, preservation and accessibility of their archives. There are clearly-defined standards that must be met, including those related to management and resourcing.

‘It is a great honour to be the 100th service to be accredited and a testament to the fantastic collections we hold and hard work of the NT in opening up these resources to as many people as possible,’ said Erin Lee, head of archive at the NT. ‘Moving forward, we are dedicated to documenting the dynamic work of the NT and developing new audiences.’

Chair of the Archive Service Accreditation Panel Bruce Jackson said: ‘We were extremely impressed with the National Theatre Archive and feel that it is perfectly placed within the organisation, particularly working in the context of the theatre’s Learning department, which allows it to deliver outward-looking and innovative means of accessing the rich collections. We were delighted to award Accreditation to the National Theatre as our first theatre to receive the honour.’

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