BAC Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives related to the Arts

The Business Archives Council (BAC) is delighted to announce that in addition to its annual cataloguing grant for business archives, it is once again offering a £3000 cataloguing grant specifically for business archives related to the arts. The grant opens on 27 April 2017 and the deadline for applications is 4pm on 27 July 2017.

The grant’s aim 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.

Find out more about the grant criteria here. The application form is available here. Deadline for applications is 4pm on 27 July 2017

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)