The Archives Revealed funding programme, supported by the Wolfson Foundation, The National Archives and The Pilgrim Trust has awarded four new Scoping Grants to UK archive organisations.

The organisations have received a maximum of £3,000 each to create improved plans to develop their archival collections, which will open up new possibilities for research by the wider public. The awards will fund an assessment report incorporating expert advice on a range of areas relating to the management of collections.

The Scoping Grants scheme – one of two funding strands offered – is a rolling programme with assessments taking place four times per year.

Archives Revealed is administered by the National Archives. Further details about the scheme, including guidance on how to apply, can be found on the National Archives website.

Scoping Grants have been awarded to the following archives:

GMAC Glasgow Media Archives

Established as a charity in 1982, GMAC Film is an open access media centre that delivers a creative and artistic programme for all people interested in film, regardless of age, background or income. It is based at Glasgow’s flagship arts centre, Trongate 103. GMAC’s mission is to empower young people and adults in Glasgow by enabling them to acquire the skills, knowledge, confidence and resources to realise their ambitions in film or elsewhere in life. GMAC Film aims to tackle inequality of opportunity by working with people from communities currently under-represented in the arts. 

“GMAC Film is delighted that it has been selected for a Scoping Grant, and particularly excited because it means that by our 40th Anniversary in 2022 our history should be an accessible archive, including the work of independent filmmakers in Scotland, a social history of Glasgow and of the alumni of our organisation. This will benefit us as a company, but will also be of value to the Moving Image Archive of the National Library of Scotland who have long wanted to have access to this material.”

 

Brent Museum and Archives

Brent Museum and Archives (BMA) houses and preserves the London Borough of Brent’s museum and archive collection on behalf of the residents of the borough. Brent Museum and Archives’ purpose is to collect, record, preserve, and disseminate information about the history of the council and the social, economic, and political history of the Borough of Brent. This is to advance an understanding of our collective past and shared future and facilitate Brent’s residents in creating opportunities to access its culture and heritage, with the hope of improving lives and creating a stronger community.

“Brent Museum and Archives are very excited to have this amazing opportunity to take the next step forward with this fantastic collection. The Brent Trades Union Hall collection is vast and filled with untapped knowledge and information that is a vital addition for the wider Brent community. The scoping grant will generate a report. This report will aid us in tackling the collection’s cataloguing, future access and advocacy for our service in preserving Brent’s colourful history.”

 

Sidney Nolan Trust

Sidney Nolan (1917­1992) was one of the 20th century’s most groundbreaking modern artists. In the UK he became a prominent artist of the 1950s -1980s. The last decade of his life was spent at Rodd Court, a 250 acre farm and estate of listed and modern buildings and his home on the English Welsh borders, where, in 1983, he set up The Sidney Nolan Trust.

Today, the Trust has two primary aims:

1) To further the appreciation of the work and life of Sidney Nolan.  

2) Maintaining a vibrant centre for the arts in a rural setting which gives others the space and freedom to expand their boundaries through art, music, poetry and drama which inspires and gives access to contemporary work that continues to break new ground.

Underpinning the delivery of these aims is the significant Collection of paintings and works on paper Nolan gifted to the Trust. After the death of his wife Mary, in 2018 the Trust also acquired an extensive library of some 5,000 books together with Sidney’s personal Archive of artefacts, exhibition catalogues, diaries, papers, correspondence posters, prints, other works together with several thousand photographs, film, undeveloped film and video.

“We are delighted to have been awarded this Scoping Grant as it endorses our long-held belief that Sidney Nolan’s archive is of national and international significance despite us not fully appreciating what is held within it!  The Scoping grant will be a significant and exciting step forward in helping us realise what we have in our possession and the task before us in safeguarding its long term future. When secure, and ultimately catalogued, the archive will significantly increase our appreciation of the life and work of one the 20th century’s most groundbreaking modern artists and be an important resource for anyone interested in the history of art of this period.   

 

Gibberd Garden Trust

Sir Frederick Gibberd (1908-1974), CBE, RA, FRIBA, MTPI, FILA an Architect, Master Planner, and Landscape Architect was the master planner of Harlow New Town Essex designated in 1947.  In 1957, Gibberd purchased a house on the edge of the Town and curated a magnificent collection of over 90 sculptures in the garden he designed and the house where he lived until his death in 1984.

The Gibberd Garden Trust was established in 1995 to protect, promote and preserve this house, garden, Gibberd’s principles, vision and creativity and safeguard his final wish, ‘The house and garden should be available for the recreation and education of the people of Harlow’.

“The winning of this Grant is fantastic news. The professional guidance provided will help us to plan the next phase of modernisation of our most valuable archives of Sir Frederick Gibberd. These include his diaries/journals and personal sketches as well as detail drawings of his many projects. It will be a fitting conclusion to the Trust’s 25th Year.” (Stan Newens – Chair of the Gibberd Garden Trust).