About the Programme

The Endangered Archives Programme operates on the following principles:

  • The Endangered Archives Programme
    The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) seeks to preserve cultural heritage and make it available to as wide an audience as possible. To achieve this we provide grants to applicants to digitise and document archives. ‘Endangered’ means material that is at risk of loss or decay, and is located in countries where resources and opportunities to preserve such material are lacking or limited. ‘Archives’ refers to materials in written, pictorial or audio formats, including manuscripts, rare printed books, documents, newspapers, periodicals, photographs and sound recordings. The material can date from any time before the middle of the twentieth century, though archives that cross over to some extent into the second half of the twentieth century may be accepted if the majority of the material is earlier. It is one of our key principles that the original material remains in the country in which it is located.
  • Digitisation and Digital Collections
    The Endangered Archives Programme primarily funds digitisation projects to record and preserve the content of archives. Our projects create digital material in a format that facilitates long-term preservation, and at least two copies of these are stored: a primary copy that remains at an appropriate repository in the country of origin, and a secondary copy held at the British Library. Applicants must ensure that the appropriate permissions are gained before embarking on the project, as copyright in the material will remain with the copyright holder. The digital material held at the British Library is made fully and freely available online through the EAP website. The Programme aims to encourage and facilitate the use of these digital collections for research, education and enjoyment. We also seek to ensure that the values of the people and communities from which the archives have come are respected and that they are consulted in any significant re-use of the digital material.
  • How Projects Work
    The Endanagered Archives Programme aims to enhance local capabilities to manage and preserve archival collections into the future. All applications for funding must involve at least one Archival Partner in the country where the material is based. Training should be provided for local staff, and equipment funded by the Programme must remain in the country for future digitisation efforts. Applications are normally made via a Host Institution, such as a university, library or government archive which administers the award. The Host Institution can be based anywhere, though applications from those based in the project country are particularly welcomed.


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