Qual­ity mark for Kent’s ar­chives

Kent Messenger Maidstone - - FRONT PAGE -

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.”

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