Dear colleagues

We would be grateful if you could forward the following information to your 
contacts as appropriate:

The Endangered Archives Programme at the British Library is now accepting grant 
applications for the next round of funding. Detailed information on the 
timetable, criteria, eligibility and application procedures is available on the 
Programme’s website. The deadline for receipt of preliminary grant applications 
is midnight GMT, 17th November 2017.

Since it was established in 2004, the Programme has so far funded some 325 
projects in 88 countries worldwide, with grants totalling over £8 million. The 
Programme is funded by Arcadia, in pursuit of one of its charitable aims to 
preserve endangered cultural heritage. The aim of the Programme is to 
contribute to the preservation of archival material worldwide that is in danger 
of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. The endangered archival 
material will normally be located in countries where resources and 
opportunities to preserve such material are lacking or limited.

The Programme’s objectives are achieved principally by awarding grants to 
applicants to locate relevant endangered archival collections, where possible 
to arrange their transfer to a suitable local archival home, and to deposit 
digital copies with local institutions and the British Library. The digital 
collections received by the British Library are made available on the 
Programme’s website for all to access, with over 6 million images and more than 
25,000 sound recordings available online. Pilot projects are particularly 
welcomed, to investigate the survival of archival collections on a particular 
subject, in a discrete region, or in a specific format, and the feasibility of 
their recovery.

To be considered for funding under the Programme, the archival material should 
relate to a ‘pre-modern' period of a society's history. There is no 
prescriptive definition of this, but it may typically mean, for instance, any 
period before industrialisation. The relevant time period will therefore vary 
according to the society.

For the purposes of the Programme, the term ‘archival material’ is interpreted 
widely to include rare printed books, newspapers and periodicals, audio and 
audio-visual materials, photographs and manuscripts.

The Programme is keen to enhance local capabilities to manage and preserve 
archival collections in the future and it is essential that all projects 
include local archival partners in the country where the project is based. 
Professional training for local staff is one of the criteria for grant 
application assessment, whether it is in the area of archival collection 
management or technical training in digitisation. At the end of the project, 
equipment funded through the Programme remains with the local archival partner 
for future use.

The Programme is administered by the British Library and applications are 
considered in an annual competition by an international panel of historians and 

For further details of application procedures and documentation as well as EAP 
projects and collections, please visit the Programme’s website:



With thanks

Ruth Hansford

For the EAP

Endangered Archives Programme

British Library

96 Euston 

London NW1 

Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7623<tel:+44%2020%207412%207623><><>

Thank you

Laila Hussein Moustafa

Assistant Professor | Middle Eastern and North African Studies Librarian<>
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign- International and Area Studies 
Library International Advisory Panel in Endangered Archives Programme- British 

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