This doesn't sound like a major announcement but I suspect it has a lot of impact for genealogists. The accreditation process helps archive services adapt and respond to user needs and interests. It also demonstrates quality of services to supporters, donors and grant-making bodies.
The UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee has announced the first accredited archive services:
- Cumbria Archive Service
- Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives
- Media Archive of Central England
- Network Rail Corporate Archive
- Tyne and Wear Archives
- Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
You can read more in the U.K. National Archives web site at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/news/897.htm and also learn more about the accreditation process at http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/archive-service-accreditation.htm.