Volunteers cataloguing Miller Maps, reproduced by kind permission of Suffolk Record Office, Ipswich

The Cataloguing Grants Programme supports the cataloguing of collections that need external funding to provide access to their content.

We have administered the distribution of just under £2.5 million in seven years to tackle cataloguing backlogs. This has been made possible by the generous support of:

  • The Pilgrim Trust
  • The Foyle Foundation
  • The Wolfson Foundation
  • The Monument Trust
  • The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • The Mercers Company Charitable Foundation
  • The Goldsmiths Company
  • The J Paul Getty Jnr Charitable Trust
  • The Andrew W Mellon Foundation

We provide additional funding, together with expert and secretariat support, for the programme. An independent panel makes the final decisions on the allocation of grants.

Five year review of the Cataloguing Grants Programme

Find out about the impact of cataloguing projects supported by the programme, from uncovering new treasures to supporting scholarship and opening up new opportunities for archive services.

National Cataloguing Grants Scheme Five Year Review (PDF, 0.00Mb)

2014 scheme

The 2014 round is now closed.

Please see the 2014 application form and guidance notes below for reference.

It is anticipated that a 2015 round will be advertised in March 2015

Phase one application form 2014 (DOC, 0.04Mb)

Guidance notes for applicants 2014 (DOC, 0.08Mb)

Cataloguing Grants Panel 2014

  • Georgina Nayler (Pilgrim Trust, Chair)
  • David Brown (National Archives of Scotland)  
  • Mary Ellis/Sarah Horton (CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales)
  • Heather Forbes (Gloucestershire Archives)
  • Helen Melody (British Library)
  • Liz Rees (Tyne and Wear Archives Service)
  • Chris Webb (Borthwick Institute, University of York)

In attendance:

  • Nicholas Kingsley (The National Archives, Programme Manager)
  • James Travers (The National Archives, Programme Secretary) 

Successful applicants in 2014

Applications for over £1.8 million in total were received. Although many worthwhile projects could not be funded, we are delighted to announce that the following projects have been successful:

  • National Railway Museum, 'Anatomy of a traction merger: the archives of GEC Traction' - £43,125
  • West Yorkshire Archive Service, 'National Coal Board (NCB) and predecessor bodies, West Yorkshire coal mining records 17th century-1990s' - £37,351
  • Dorset History Centre, 'Granted by Longspee, the records of Poole borough' - £34,867
  • Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, 'Worcestershire's criminal record - cataloguing the West Mercia Police Authority Archives' - £42,726
  • East Anglian Film Archive, 'Women film makers from the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers' Collection' - £8,250
  • Bristol Record Office, 'Exploring empire: the photographic collections of the former British Empire and Commonwealth Museum' - £45,000
  • Griffith Institute, University of Oxford, 'Tutankhamun's botanist: the Professor Percy Edward Newberry Collection' - £33,721
  • The National Gallery, 'The Agnew's archive' - £34,995
  • Cumbria Archive and Local Studies Centre, Whitehaven, 'Opening the jewel box: cataloguing the archives of the Rosehill Theatre, Whitehaven' - £15,627
  • Bangor University, 'Sugar and slate, the Penrhyn Castle further additional papers' - £46,487

Read case studies in our statistics, studies and reports section.

For more information please contact the casework manager.

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