BAC News

The John Armstrong Award for Transport Archives is open for applications

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.  

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TWA cultural heritage digitisation grant fund - applications welcome

After providing over £12,000 of support for UK cultural heritage institutions and business archives to digitise their holdings in its first two years, the TownsWeb Archiving Digitisation Grant has returned once more in 2018, for its third year.

The Grant has funding awards of up to £5000 available to help archives, museums, libraries and galleries digitise and open up access to their collections. Any UK heritage organisation is welcome to apply for the funding, simply by completing and submitting the Grant application form. As in previous years, each bid will be scored across three core criteria: heritage need, social and community impact, and research impact. 

As in previous years, applications will be assessed by a three-strong judging panel made up of John Chambers, chief executive of the Archives & Records Association; Claire Adler, independent HLF mentor and heritage consultant; and Paul Sugden, lead digitisation consultant at TownsWeb Archiving. 

The deadline for TWA Digitisation Grant applications is 12th July 2018. Find out how to apply and read more details at:

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Nominations open for the Digital Preservation Awards 2018

With just over a month left to submit nominations, do not miss the opportunity for recognition at the most prominent celebration of achievement for those people and organizations who have made significant and innovative contributions to securing the digital legacy!

Send your Digital Preservation Awards nominations by 09:00 am (BST) on Monday 30th July to be in with a chance of being named the best in your field of expertise.

Entry to the Digital Preservation Awards is free and open to all, apply now!

In 2018, five awards categories are offered as follows, alongside the Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) Fellowship Award:

  • Award for Research and Innovation which recognizes excellence in practical research and innovation activities. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
  • Award for Teaching and Communications, recognizing excellence in outreach, training and advocacy. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
  • Award for the Most Distinguished Student Work in Digital Preservation, encouraging and recognizing student work in digital preservation. The prize includes attendance at an international conference, a trophy and a certificate.
  • Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy, which celebrates the practical application of preservation tools to protect at-risk digital objects. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.
  • Award for the Most Outstanding Digital Preservation Initiative in Commerce, Industry and the Third sector, encouraging and recognizing the adoption of digital preservation tools and approaches in institutions which are not explicitly memory institutions. The award includes a cash prize of £1000, a trophy and certificates.

Please check the criteria for each of the categories and the rules of entry carefully before submitting your nomination to one of these categories.

This year the exciting process will culminate in a spectacular awards ceremony in Amsterdam, as part of an International Conference hosted by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network and the Amsterdam Museum on World Digital Preservation Day (previously International Digital Preservation Day) on Thursday 29th November 2018.

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Sporting Heritage Community Grants

Thanks to the support of Art Fund, Sporting Heritage are able to offer organisations and community groups the opportunity to access funding as part of our annual celebration of sporting heritage - National Sporting Heritage Day 2018 (30th September).  

This programme will support increased engagement with local sporting heritage collections which tell the story and stories of sporting activity, heroes, and endeavour.  

Deadline for applications is 29th June 2018. For more information visit the website here:

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