The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives, a one-off grant for the cataloguing of transport-related business archives, is open for applications.
The grant for £4,000 is jointly funded by a bequest from the late John Armstrong and the Business Archives Council (BAC). Its aims, in funding the cataloguing of a transport-related business collection in either the private or public sectors, are to:
• Provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage transport-related business archives
• Provide access to collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value
• Create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing transport-related business collections
• Make more transport-related business collections accessible
We envisage that the £4,000 grant will be used over the equivalent of a SIX-week period to fund an archive intern or temporary staff member (under professional supervision) to catalogue a discrete collection of transport-related business records. This work should produce either a detailed catalogue of a small collection or a top-level catalogue of a more substantial collection. The recipient of the Award should provide the BAC with an article for its newsletter, and the catalogue should be made available on The National Archives’ (TNA) Discovery database.
Applications are welcome from all types of organisation, whether public or private sector, such as a business, local record office, university, museum, charity, specialised repository, and that hold business archives related to transport, for example papers of: rail, automobile, maritime or aeronautical companies, etc. Applicants who have previously applied to the BAC’s two existing grants are welcome to apply.
The deadline for applications to The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives is Friday 5 October 2018 at 4pm. More information, including guidelines and application form, can be found on the BAC website: www.businessarchivescouncil.org.uk/activitiesobjectives/cattransport/
Any questions about this grant should be addressed to Ben White, Administrator of The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives.
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