Research grants from the Endangered Archives Programme

(9 May 2015) The Endangered Archives Programme offers a number of grants every year to individual researchers world-wide to locate vulnerable archival collections, to arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and to deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library.

The specific focus of this Programme is upon archives relating to the pre-industrial stages of a society’s development, whether in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, or even Europe.

The 2014 awards for archives in Asia include:

Documentation of endangered temple art of Tamil Nadu

Preservation of the manuscripts of the Jaffna Bishop’s House (1850-1930)

Representing Self and Family. Preserving early Tamil studio photography

Survey and preservation of monastic manuscript collections in villages of Upper Myanmar

Survey of Bengal puthis discovered in Sundarbans, South 24 Parganas, West Bengal

Retrieval, cataloguing and photographic imaging of rare manuscripts, Balochistan-Pakistan

The music of Burma on record

Preservation and access for rare early Kannada books

Rare manuscripts of great Buddhist thinkers of Laos: digitisation, translation and relocation at the ‘Buddhist Archive of Luang Prabang’

Digitisation of the endangered Cham manuscripts in Vietnam

Preservation of the music and dance archive at the Music Museum of Nepal

Preservation of historic manuscripts and documents from the Tirthalal Naghabhani Collection, Nepal

Santipur and its neighbourhood: text and image production history from early modern Bengal through public and private collections. Major project

Read more about these and other projects here.

The Endangered Archives Programme is here.