The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives

The Business Archives Council (BAC) is delighted to announce that a special, one-off cataloguing grant, The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives, is OPEN for applications. 

The grant for £4,000 is jointly funded by a bequest from the late John Armstrong and the BAC, and is for the cataloguing of transport-related business archives.  

The aims of The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives, in funding the cataloguing of a transport-related business collection in either the private or public sector, 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, a 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 for The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives is Friday 5 October 2018 at 4pm. 

Download the application form and guidance document.

Any questions about this grant should be addressed to Ben White, Administrator of The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives.  

Tel: 020 3461 4810