The Wallace Collection is awarded Archive Service Accreditation


The Wallace Collection is awarded Archive Service Accreditation

The Wallace Collection is delighted to announce that it has been awarded Archive Service Accreditation by the UK Archive Service Accreditation Committee. The award demonstrates that the Wallace Collection has met national standards relating to the management, resourcing and care of its unique archive collections.

The Wallace Collection archives hold records relating to the Hertford and Wallace families and the history of the museum from its foundation in 1897. As part of our current exhibition Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector, archive material shines a light upon the life and times of the museum’s founder, Sir Richard Wallace. Items on display range from the Hertford House Visitors Book, containing messages from such nineteenth century luminaries as Benjamin Disraeli, Thomas Hardy and Auguste Rodin, to the human hair of the 3rd Marchioness of Hertford.

Records from the museum have also recently been on display at the National Archives as part of an exhibition exploring the Suffragette movement.

We’re very excited to receive this award, which recognises the museum’s commitment to developing its archive service and finding new ways in which it can bring the story of the Wallace Collection to life. Working closely with our colleagues across the museum, we want to continue to help our visitors engage with these important records, including holding regular ‘Library and Archive In- Focus’ events which explore specific areas of our collection.

Morwenna Roche, Archivist and Records Manager.

Visit our free exhibition Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector to see items from the Wallace Collection Archive on display.