Archived Revealed have announced the names of the archive organisations who will benefit from the eighth round of their Scoping Grants.

The funding programme is administered by The National Archives and supported by the Wolfson Foundation and Pilgrim Trust.

The Scoping Grants scheme which is one of two funding streams on offer, takes place four times a year and awards up to £3,000 to organisations to to allow them to access expert advice on the management and the development of their collections for wider public benefit. 

For further information on the scheme and application guidance, please see The National Archives website.

The four organisations to be awarded the grants in this latest round are:

Nottingham Women’s History Group: Nottingham Feminist archive collections

The award of a scoping grant affords an opportunity to ensure an East Midlands Feminist Archive will not only be accessible to all but ensures its preservation for the future. It will enable us to assess its importance and relevance. The report will guide future development work, ascertain the costs of cataloguing, conservation and digitisation required to open the collections up to researchers.

“Without a scoping grant this unique collection of material and memorabilia relating to the UK Women’s Liberation Movement will be lost to the next generation of feminists.”

Val Wood, Member of the Women’s History Group Committee and Researcher

Michael Clark Company: The Michael Clark Archive

“Michael Clark Company is delighted to have been awarded a Scoping Grant from the National Archives to address the questions of expertise, time and financial resources needed to properly catalogue its archive. Michael Clark’s pioneering work has stretched the boundaries of dance, placing it right at the heart of the contemporary arts of today. Our ultimate aspiration is to give greater access to the archive through loans, physical research opportunities and online content, so that Clark’s work can continue to inspire current and future generations.”

Aberlour Child Care Trust: The Aberlour Child Care Trust (ACCT) archive

Aberlour Child Care Trust has provided support services to children, young people and their families in some form since 1875. Originating as Aberlour Orphanage in the Speyside village of the same name, it has become one of the largest children’s charities in Scotland.

Aberlour’s archive includes records of the management of the orphanage as well as admissions and medical records, case notes, photography and correspondence from former residents and staff. These records are important not only to individuals with a personal connection to the organisation but also for their potential to contribute to our collective understanding of social and social work history.

The scoping grant will be used to conduct a review of the 172 boxes of historical archives held in offsite storage. This is an important step towards a larger piece of work to catalogue the collection fully and make it accessible, where appropriate, as an online resource.

CEO, SallyAnn Kelly said, “I am delighted that Aberlour has been awarded this scoping grant as it’s the first step towards maximising the potential of our archive and making it more accessible to all”.

Goldsmiths, University of London in partnership with Lewisham Council:  Young Mayor of Lewisham Archive

The Young Mayor of Lewisham (YML) archive is owned by London Borough of Lewisham and Goldsmiths, University of London, and dates from the 1990s when the first youth democracy programmes were being developed by the borough.

Goldsmiths and Lewisham Council believe making this collection available digitally and in actuality as a resource for a borough will:

  • give voice, recognition and space to the histories that have shaped Lewisham
  • inspire young people through critical and civic engagement with the past to realise their potential to bring about change and play an active role in their collective future
  • enable YML alumni to share their experiences of the programme and its effect on their lives, to inspire and encourage today’s young people in these uncertain times
  • generate new research and knowledge exchange about Lewisham’s youth and community histories.

“For us, this grant represents a critical first step in our journey towards making the Young Mayor of Lewisham archive an accessible and living resource for everyone, especially local communities in Lewisham.”

Dr Kalbir Shukra, Head of Community Studies & Programme Goldsmiths, University College London



Photo: Michael Clark Company – To a simple rock n’ roll song – Barbican Theatre 2016 – Harry Alexander & Benjamin Warbis by Hugo Glenddining.