The Children's Society gains international accolade

06 June 2011

The Children's Society’s Archive has been added to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register. The archive collection includes 140,000 case files, chronicling the care history of every child assisted by The Children's Society dating back to the Victorian period.

The UNESCO UK Memory of the World Register is an online catalogue created to educate people around the world about the UK’s heritage. A panel of experts selected 20 historical collections to reflect the significant history of the UK.

'These are some of the UK’s exceptional, but lesser-known documentary riches. By awarding them with the globally recognised status we hope to elevate them to the world stage,' said David Dawson, chair of the UK Memory of the World committee.

The documents in The Children's Society archive give historians a rare glance at what life was like for children over a century ago. The archive charts changes in the practice of childcare between Victorian and Edwardian times and today.

The rich history contained within the archive covers key issues such as health, poverty and nutrition. It reflects the long-term development of the UK’s approach to charity and well-being.

Ian Wakeling, Archives and Records Manager at The Children's Society, said: 'We are honoured to receive this recognition as it reflects the national signifance of the archive. It is important to The Children's Society that we remember the lives we’ve changed in the past to continue to improve children’s lives now and in the future.'

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For more information, please contact Rafi Cooper in The Children's Society’s press office:
Tel: 020 7841 4422 Email: Rafi.cooper@childsoc.org.uk