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 are administering the distribution of more than £2 million over six 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 open.

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)
  • Rachel Foss (British Library)
  • David Brown (National Archives of Scotland)
  • Sue Donnelly (London School of Economics Library, Archives Division)
  • Mary Ellis/Sarah Horton (CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales)
  • Heather Forbes (Gloucestershire Archives)
  • 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 2013

Applications for over £2 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:

  • British Red Cross, Cataloguing the Central Registry Files, £28,109.88
  • Media Archive of Central England, More Than Pits and Pots: Cataloguing the Staffordshire Film Archive, £24,526
  • Gloucestershire Archives, Boxes of Delights - discovering the contents of a Cirencester solicitor's archive', £41,453
  • Church of England Record Centre , 'For Lack of Guidance a Nation Falls': the archive of the Church of England Board for Social Responsibility and Board for Mission and Unity, £40,487
  • Bath Record Office, Bath, Water and World Heritage: - Papers of Bath Corporation from 1189, £41,567
  • Derbyshire Record Office, A catalogue of eccentricity: the Harpur Crewe archive, £37,325
  • Hull University Archives, A Classical Arrangement: the archives of architects Francis Johnson and Partners, £32,729
  • Newcastle University, Pits, Prose and Performance: The Chaplin Legacy, £24,260
  • Birmingham Library and Archives, Birmingham and Warwickshire Quakers, £24,808
  • Cornwall Record Office, Robartes family of Lanhydrock, Viscounts Clifden, £24,800
  • Tyne and Wear Archives, 'The Workshop of the World': the records of Vickers Defence Systems, Vickers-Armstrong and predecessor companies, £46,330
  • Archives and Records Council Wales, Wales: Showing Our Metal: Archives of the Welsh steel industry, £56,017
  • University of Huddersfield, Lock Down - Cataloguing the Rugby League archive, £34,948
  • University of Stirling, the Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale Collection, £37,416
  • University of St Andrews, Taming the Leviathan: Cataloguing Archives relating to Whaling, Seal-hunting and the Marine Environment held in St Andrews, £31,483


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