BL Endangered Archives Programme call for applications 2015

(22 September 2015) Applications are being accepted for the next round of funding. The deadline for the submission of preliminary application forms is 6 November 2015.

Unless action is taken now, much of mankind’s documentary heritage may vanish – discarded as no longer of relevance or left to deteriorate beyond recovery. This website explains what the Endangered Archives Programme is, and how it can help.

Grants may be awarded to individual researchers to identify collections that can be preserved for fruitful use. The original archives and the master digital copies will be transferred to a safe archival home in their country of origin, while copies will be deposited at the British Library for use by scholars worldwide.

The Endangered Archives Programme is generously sponsored by Arcadia.

What’s new from Asia:

  • 4 million images now online! The latest digital collections include Islamic manuscripts from Minangkabau and Jambi regions of Indonesia;
  • Read about the latest projects to be funded in 2015, including political archives in Madagascar; Buddhist manuscripts in Buryatia, Siberia; ecclesiastical documents in Cuba; manuscripts from Nepal; archival documents on the Caribbean island of Nevis; and the archive of the Monastery of Dominican nuns of Santa Rosa, Santiago, Chile.
  • EAP is very grateful to the estate of the late Melvin Seiden, whose generous donation has made it possible to award a small number of grants to preserve exceptionally vulnerable and significant material in fields of interest to the donor. For 2015, EAP is pleased to announce the Melvin Seiden Award to Dr Shanker Thapa of Tribhuvan University, to preserve collections of endangered medieval manuscripts in Nepal, in light of the increased nature of the manuscripts’ endangerment following the tragic circumstances of the 2015 earthquake and the loss of much of Nepal’s cultural heritage. For 2014, the Award was given to Professor Michael Gervers of the University of Toronto Scarborough, to preserve outstanding collections of medieval manuscripts in Ethiopia.
  • Watch a video from the Buddhist archive of photography in Luang Prabang, Laos.

More details are on the EAP home page.