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High Life Highland's archive centre receives national recognition


By Imogen James

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Highland Archive Centre in Inverness.
Highland Archive Centre in Inverness.

High Life Highland (HLH) has received an accreditation by the National Archives for its archive service.

The panel described the archive centres as “of high quality, providing robust standards of protection for the collections” and provided “enviable facilities for public services”.

The archive service collects, conserves and makes accessible records which reflect the history of the Scottish Highlands.

There are four centres covering the region, located in Inverness, Caithness, Lochaber and Skye.

HLH director of culture and learning John West said: “The Highland Archive Service adapted to the challenges of the pandemic by developing innovative ways of engaging with customers, increasing engagement in and knowledge of our diverse collections along the way.

“We are delighted that the panel acknowledges our impressive outreach programme and the work our archive centre teams put into engaging with communities throughout the Highlands.”

The Archive Service Accreditation assessors also commended the “strong relationship that existed between the archive service and its parent organisation and they particularly admired the innovative solutions implemented by the service to meet local recruitment challenges in rural areas”.

HLH chief executive Steve Walsh added: “This award is so well deserved and reflects Highland Archives long-standing and ongoing commitment to providing an exceptionally high level of service.

“I’d like to say a huge well done to the team who have worked so hard to achieve this.”


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