Information about the policies that describe how we manage our archive collections, our organisational responsibilities and our commitment to archive service users at Durham Record Office.
How we provide access to our archive collections.
Agreement for the deposit of records
About the conditions of loan, storage, access and use of records deposited in the archives.
How we ensure that we preserve permanently as archives only records of evidential and historical value to County Durham and Darlington, and the criteria and standards we use.
About the records we collect and the conditions, legislation and guidance for their acceptance.
Collections care and conservation policy
About the strategic approach to caring for and conserving our archive collections, and the principles guiding conservation activities necessary for long-term preservation and security.
Collections development policy
How we liaise with existing archive owners and donors, external organisations and communities to ensure that existing collections grow, and we acquire new collections that are representative and worth preserving.
Collections information policy
About our accession register, cataloguing, finding aids and document locations information.
Collections management policy
How and why we acquire, preserve, develop and facilitate access to the collections in our care.
About the principles guiding permission to copy and permission to publish archives in our collections.
Customer care standards
What to expect when you visit us, contact us, visit our website, ask us to do research for you, order copies, attend one of our events or ask us to participate in an event run by you.
How we appraise and dispose of unwanted records.
Digital preservation policy
How we ensure that our born-digital archives remain authentic and accessible in the medium and long-term.
How our digitisation programme helps to preserve archives, widen access, especially online, enhance our learning offer and, where possible and appropriate, generate income to help care for the archives.
Learning and outreach policy
How we aim to provide innovative and effective learning and outreach activities for a wide and diverse audience, onsite, off-site and online, supporting schools and communities and forming effective partnerships.
How we work with volunteers.