Wednesday 8 November 2017

TNA's new cataloguing initiative, and cessation of self-service printing

The National Archives in England and the Pilgrim Trust have announced a new initiative to encourage the cataloguing of archive material. The following is the announcement:

Today The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust announce the launch of Archives Revealed, a funding programme to support the cataloguing of archive collections. This funding will support archive services across the UK to make their uncatalogued archive collections accessible and available to all.

Archives Revealed offers two kinds of support. Cataloguing grants of up to £40,000 will be available to create catalogues of archival collections. Scoping grants of up to £3,000 will also be available to help archives to conduct collection analysis which will support the development of plans for their future cataloguing priorities and projects.

Jeff James, Chief Executive and Keeper of The National Archives said:

‘I am delighted to announce the launch of Archives Revealed. Along with The Pilgrim Trust we look forward to working with archives from across the country to support their efforts in cataloguing more of their rich and diverse collections and opening them up for all to use.’

Building on the success of a previous scheme, the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives, a revised funding criteria will include an assessment of the collection’s significance, including its rarity, historical value, and research value to a variety of audience groups. This will be assessed alongside demonstrated evidence of the need for the cataloguing to be completed, with an additional focus given to an analysis of current and potential impact.

Further information on the new scheme is available at (The original press release is at

The National Archives has also announced that the facility will no longer provide self-service printing facilities or camera stations for users onsite. users will be able to bring cameras to the facility still, whilst digital downloads will be permitted which can be emailed home free of charge. For further details on this visit the archive's announcement at


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