Oswestry Town Council is pleased to announce that its Archives has been awarded Accredited Status by the National Archives.

The Council's application was reviewed against the Uk Archive Accreditation Standard by a panel who congratulated the Council "in achieving this national standard, and in delivering a service which works effectively in all areas".

The Mayor of Oswestry, Councillor Vince Hunt noted "This is a great achievement for the Town Council. The Oswestry Archives are one of the smallest in the country to have met the Accreditation Standard which demonstrates the Councils' commitment to keeping Oswestry's public records local and accessible for local people. It also demonstrates good practice and that the service meets the benchmark for gauging performance, recognising achievement and driving improvement within the archives sector".

The Oswestry Archives were brought together in the Guildhall by Oswestry Town Council in 1989; the Council took the decision to keep all the records in Oswestry and to apply for it to become a recognised Place of Deposit (under the Public Records Act 1958).

The Archive Catalogue is published on the Town Councils website and lists the collection of records. These include the Oswestry Borough charters which set out the rights and privileges enjoyed by the Burgesses. The first charter was granted in 1262 by John Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel and the final royal charter granted by Charles (II) in 1673. The Charter remained in force until 1835 when local government was re-organised under the Corporations Act of 1835.

Oswestry Archives is delivered with support from the Shropshire Archive Service.

Tuesday 27 March 2018

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