Archives in danger: call for applications as new funding now available

Archive photo via British Library website with thanks

Do you know of any collections that are currently at risk and need preserving?

The British Library’s Endangered Archives Programme is now accepting preliminary applications for the next annual funding round – the deadline for submission of preliminary applications is Monday 15th November 2021 at 12 noon GMT. Full details of the application procedures and documentation are available on the EAP website.

The Programme has funded over 430 projects in 90 countries and has helped preserve manuscripts, rare printed books, newspapers and periodicals, audio and audio-visual materials, photographs and temple murals. The programme aims to digitise archives at risk of loss or decay and, where possible, to relocate the material to a safe local archival home. The digital copies are deposited with the local archival partners, and are all available for researchers to access freely through the British Library website.

This year, they are accepting applications through their online portal between 1st and 15th November. However, in the meantime, they are providing Word and PDF documents for applicants to perfect their preliminary applications before the online submission.

If you know of an archive in a region of the world were resources are limited, we really hope you will encourage them to apply. If you have any questions regarding the conditions of award or the application process, consult their website or contact them at

Anyone with a theatre archive needing care and funding to survive, please ensure you apply!

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