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Endangered Archives Programme

Endangered Archives Programme


The British Library's Endangered Archives Programme offers approximately 30 grants each year to enable researchers to locate vulnerable archival collections, arrange their transfer wherever possible to a suitable local archival home, and deliver digital copies into the international research domain via the British Library. These grants are the primary means by which the Arcadia Fund contributes to the urgent task of identifying, preserving and making accessible such archival collections before they are lost forever.


Eligible applicants:

  • Any accredited member of teaching or research faculty, and any registered post-graduate researcher, at a recognised UK or overseas university or similar higher education institution.

  • Archivists and librarians with responsibilities for special collections in ar ecognised UK or overseas archive, national or research library, or similar institution.

  • Independent Researchers who are able to provide references, details of relevant experience and a track record of delivering successful past projects.


The Programme offers four types of grant. With the expection of the Rapid Response grants, they are awarded in May/June and normally expected to start in August/September each year.

  • Pilot project grants with a budget limit of GBP £15,000.
  • Major project grants with a budget limit of GBP £60,000.
  • Area grants with a budget limit of GBP £150,000. Potential applicants must contact the EAP office before submitting an application for this type of grant.
  • Rapid Response grants with a budget limit of GBP £10,000.