Quality mark for Kent’s archives
The county’s archives, which go back as far as the King of Kent setting out his tax policies, have won a quality award.
They are run by Kent County Council and held at the Kent History and Library Centre in James Whatman Way, Maidstone.
The accolade comes from the National Archives.
Kent’s collection features let- ters written by Jane Austen and a document signed by the first President of the United States George Washington.
The oldest document is dated 699AD – a charter from then King of Kent, Wihtred which granted relief from public taxation to the churches and monasteries in his kingdom.
The Archive Service Accred- itation was awarded for well qualified staff, as well as good management and conservation of documents.
Service manager Sarah Stanley said: “These unique documents reveal the stories of people and places and the service takes seriously its responsibility to ensure these remain available for people today and generations to come.”