Welcome to the Endangered Archives Programme
Now accepting applications for the next round of funding - find out here how to apply.
Unless action is taken now, much of mankind’s documentary heritage may vanish - discarded as no longer of relevance or left to deteriorate beyond recovery. This website explains what the Endangered Archives Programme is, and how it can help.
Learn about the threat to archives.
Find out more about the scope of the Programme.
Search the Endangered Archives Programme's projects.
Browse the Programme's digital collections.
Grants may be awarded to individual researchers to identify collections that can be preserved for fruitful use. The original archives and the master digital copies will be transferred to a safe archival home in their country of origin, while copies will be deposited at the British Library for use by scholars worldwide.
The Endangered Archives Programme is generously sponsored by Arcadia.
- 3 million images now online! The latest digital collections include photographs of the Middle East from Maison Bonfils; printed books and periodicals from eastern India; documents from the 14th to 17th centuries from the Transylvania region of central Romania; manuscripts from the church library of Romanat Qeddus Mikael in Ethiopia; newspapers from Mongolia; Buddhist manuscripts from Bhutan; 19th century documents relating to the slave trade from Sierra Leone; and Vietnamese manuscripts and printed material in the traditional Nôm script. Follow our blog to find out more.
- Read about the latest projects to be funded in 2014, including Ottoman Turkish periodicals in Bulgaria, documenting temple art in India, traditional music recordings from Burma, newspapers from Peru, and surveying church archives in Malawi.
- EAP is very grateful to the estate of the late Melvin Seiden, whose generous donation has made it possible to award a small number of grants to preserve exceptionally vulnerable and significant material in fields of interest to the donor. For 2014, EAP is pleased to announce the Melvin Seiden Award to Professor Michael Gervers of the University of Toronto Scarborough, to preserve outstanding collections of medieval manuscripts in Ethiopia.
- Read about the EAP project digitising manuscripts in Timbuktu’s twin city of Djenné in Mali. Listen to the discussion broadcast on BBC Radio 3’s Night Waves about the libraries in Timbuktu and a broader discussion about book culture and literacy in Africa, including the work of EAP.
- Read the article published in the journal 'Azania: Archaeological Research in Africa', authored by the grantholders of project EAP265 on the ‘Tifinagh’ rock inscriptions of the Tadrart Acacus mountains, in SW Libya.
- Read about some of the issues encountered and overcome during an EAP project to digitise materials held at the Fundamental Scientific Library, Armenia.
- Watch a video from the Buddhist archive of photography in Luang Prabang, Laos.
- Listen to a report on Dr Tuchscherer's Bamum project in Cameroon, broadcast on the BBC World Service radio programme 'The Strand'.
- Read about EAP in the news:
The New York Times
Simon Fraser University