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04 April 2014

The National Archives has received a new grant of nearly £1m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) under its Skills for the Future programme, which gives people the skills they need for careers in heritage and opens up heritage to wider audiences.

The grant will enable The National Archives to run a new project, Transforming Archives, offering trainees the opportunity to develop practical archiving skills. Transforming Archives will run from 2014 to 2017, building on the success of Opening Up Archives. The project will run in partnership with the Archives and Records Association and a network of partners across England who will host work placements at archive and heritage services. The hosts are:

  • Archives+ (Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives)
  • Cheshire Archives and Local Studies
  • Gloucestershire Archives
  • Hull University Archives, Hull History Centre
  • London Metropolitan Archives
  • Newsam Library and Archives, Institute of Education
  • Norfolk Record Office
  • Rambert Dance Company
  • St George's Chapel Archives, Windsor
  • The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust
  • Vivacity: Peterborough Local Studies and Archives
  • Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre
  • Wigan Archives Service

Trainees will also share regular joint training days and a training week at The National Archives.

Speaking about the initial bid support Nick Kingsley, Head of Archives Sector Development at The National Archives, said: 'This grant enables the continuation of The National Archives' work to tackle skills shortages in the wider archives sector and is further evidence of the vitally important role archives play in providing a gateway to our nation's rich and fascinating history. It will also allow us to provide opportunities for people from a diverse range of backgrounds to explore the world of archives, learn about the important work that goes into preserving heritage, and play a significant role in sharing our history with the wider community'.

Transforming Archives will run in collaboration with a Skills for the Future project developed by the Scottish Council on Archives, Opening Up Scotland's Archives.

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