BAC Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives related to the Arts

The Business Archives Council is pleased to announce that its annual cataloguing grant for business collections relating to the arts will be running again in 2018 and the grant amount has been increased to £4000. Please note that this is the last year this particular grant will run - we’ll be announcing a new grant in future.

Application form and guidance notes are now available to download from the opening of the grant on 26 April 2018 with the deadline for submissions by 26 July 2018.

The aim of the grant 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     

We envisage that the £4000 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 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.

Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply. Please note that the BAC would not normally award a grant to the same institution within three years.

Any questions should be addressed to Anne Archer, Business Archives Council,

Find about about past winners:

2017 - Falmouth University - The Kneehigh Theatre Archive

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)