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Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Archive Committee - Annual Report

Meeting: 02/08/2023 - Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Archives Committee (Item 30)

30 Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Joint Archive Committee - Annual Report pdf icon PDF 120 KB

Joint report of the Director for Economy, Infrastructure and Skills (Staffordshire County Council) and Director of Strategy and Resources (Stoke-on-Trent City Council)

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Members received a detailed presentation on the 2022/23 Annual Report for the Joint Archives Service.


The report portrayed the positivity which existed throughout the service in terms of the development of, and preparations for transition to, the new History Centre, increased public engagement (back to pre-COVID pandemic levels), and improved support for volunteers. On the latter, reference was made to the success of work on developing the offer to volunteers and introduction of a volunteers’ event programme.


The report incorporated the Risk Register, updates to which included reference to lone working procedures and changes to reflect the new storage arrangements in place at City Archives to mitigate flood risk.


Responding to a member query regarding the source of benchmarking information and Performance Indicators, it was explained that the previous benchmarking exercise by CIPFA had ceased and recently replaced by a National Archives Organisation survey, the results of which would be analysed and reported to a future Joint Committee meeting.


Resolved– That the Annual Report be noted and a report be submitted to a future meeting on up to date comparator information.


(Note by Clerk- Following the meeting comparative figures of engagement were provided:



No. of Participants






An increase of 183%)