BAC Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives related to the Arts

The Business Archives Council's (BAC) 2017 annual cataloguing grant for business archives relating to the arts has now closed.

The grant of £3,000 aims is to support an under-represented area of business archives and to complement wider initiatives for archiving the arts by The National Archives and the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives. Also to:

  • provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives related to the arts
  • reach 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 business collections
  • make more arts-related business collections accessible

The grant is 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 business records. This can either be a detailed catalogue of a small collection or a top-level catalogue of a more substantial collection. Grant recipients should provide the BAC with a final report and catalogue, and the catalogue should be made available to The National Archives for inclusion on the DISCOVERY database.

We welcome applications from businesses, local record offices, universities, museums, charities, specialist repositories and other organisations that hold business archives of (for example): theatre/film/dance/music/animation companies, art galleries, publishing houses, production companies, photographic/sound recording studios, festivals, heritage companies, tourist attractions, etc.

Any questions should be addressed to Anne Archer, Administrator - Business Archives Council (email:

Find about about past winners:

2016 - Special Collections, Leeds University Library & Red Ladder Theatre Company

2015 - The National Gallery

2014 - Spike Island Artspace Ltd./Bristol Record Office (joint bid)

2013 - IRIE! Dance Theatre and Pentabus (two winners)