November 29, 2020

UK: National Archives Awards Catalouging Grants To "Open Up" Valuable Collections

From a National Archives Announcement:

Access to 12 archive collections is set to be transformed by a series of grants announced today. The National Cataloguing Grants Programme 2011 has awarded £420,000 to archives across the UK to help make these vitally important collections fully accessible for the first time.

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Melinda Haunton, Programmes Manager at The National Archives, commented on the grant scheme: ‘Cataloguing is the first step in providing access to archives, revealing collections which would otherwise remain hidden.

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Each individual grant can last for up to two years, enabling the archives to explore each collection fully. Among those funded this year are:

Wiener Library – ‘Ordering Memory’ the personal document collections
The personal papers making up the collection document individuals affected by the Holocaust, both those who became refugees and those who suffered in the camps.

Bowes Museum – ‘Collections for a wider world’: opening up access to the Bowes Museum archive
John Bowes was a land owner, MP, businessman, horse-breeder and racer with extensive property in County Durham. The archive comprises details of how he and his French wife Joséphine amassed their fascinating collection of artistic artefacts, now open to the public as the Bowes Museum.

York City Archives – ‘A City Making History’: the governance of York 1155-1976
The corporate records of the city of York date from 1155 and are an unbroken series since 1476. The archives offer huge opportunities for researchers to explore the city’s own history – together with that of the governing of Northern England.

Here’s a Complete List of Projects Awarded Grants:

  • Bowes Museum – ‘Collections for a wider world’: opening up access to the Bowes Museum archive (£27,402)
  • Cambridgeshire Archives – ‘The Fen Office Revisited’: the Bedford Level Corporation Archive (£28,000)
  • Carmarthenshire Archives – Estate and State in the Cawdor Archive (£35,875)
  • Devon Record Office – ‘The Right to Remain Silent?’ The Devon County Quarter Sessions Cataloguing Project (£32,000)
  • Dudley Archives – the Earls of Dudley collection (£41,818)
  • Hull History Centre – ‘North East Coast Town Revealed’: Hull in WW2 (£29,801)
  • Lincolnshire Archives – ‘Rolling the World’ (£44,013)
  • Rotherham Archives – ‘From Bunker Hill to Burma’: the York and Lancaster Regimental Archive (£39,171)
  • Sheffield Archives – The Rise and Fall of the Socialist Republic of South Yorkshire (£34,167)
  • West Lothian Archives – Livingston New Town – From Plan to Community, 1962-2012 (£42,858)
  • Wiener Library – ‘Ordering Memory’: the personal document collections (£29,263)
  • York City Archives – ‘A City Making History’: the governance of York 1155-1976 (£38,400)
About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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