Archives Revealed is a partnership programme between The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust.
The National Archives
The National Archives is the official archive and publisher for the UK government and guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents. Archives can be used in a variety of ways, from enabling insightful and pioneering research, and inspiring art and literature, to informing decision making in all types of organisations.
Since 2012 The National Archives has held the responsibility for leadership of the archives sector, comprising over 2,600 Archive services. Part of its purpose is to ensure sustained or improved preservation of and access to the nation’s archive collections across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
The Pilgrim Trust
The Pilgrim Trust is a long-established grant-making foundation which prides itself on seeking to support causes that find it difficult to raise funds from other sources. It spends 60% of its income from its endowment fund – which amounts to about £2.5 million a year – on preservation and scholarship projects, and 40% on social welfare. It is interested in supporting projects like conservation and cataloguing which preserve original material and enable organisations to make objects, collections and archives available to the public and researchers. It is also keen to work in partnership with other organisations who have expertise. It is for this reason that it has worked with The National Archives on cataloguing hidden archives for over ten years, first through our Cataloguing Grants Programme and now through Archives Revealed.
Cataloguing is an essential first step to unlocking the potential value of an archive for society. The Pilgrim Trust has and will continue to act as banker to the programme and has promoted it to other funders. It commits £100,000 a year to the programme and is delighted to be re-launching it as Archives Revealed.