​Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants awarded to nine archives

Berwick Record Office, part of Northumberland Archives, has been awarded £31,000 by the Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants programme. 

The scheme, which is supported by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Foyle Foundation, has awarded £281,258 to nine archives across the UK. 

The grant will be used to re-catalogue Berwick Borough Archives, which were originally catalogued in 1978 and add in additional pre-1974 material which has subsequently been deposited, including planning records, Secretary’s files and Quarter Sessions records. 

The new catalogue will be made available electronically via the Northumberland Archives website ensuring easier and wider access to the collection, and the grant will allow Berwick Record Office to employ a cataloguing archivist for 12 months.

Additional funding has been secured from Berwick Guild of Freemen and Friends of Berwick & District Museum and Archives to run an outreach and volunteer project alongside and following this work, to promote the collection both locally and nationally. 

Cllr Cath Homer, Cabinet Member for culture, arts, leisure and tourism at Northumberland County Council, said: “The Berwick Record Office is a valuable and fascinating resource for many people to explore the local history of the town and local area. With such a generous grant Northumberland Archives will be able to make the collection available to a worldwide audience.

“The Archives are offering a great opportunity for people with an interest in local history to get involved. I would encourage anyone interested in this programme to take part.” 

Linda Bankier, Archivist at the Berwick Record Office said: “The Berwick Record Office is delighted to have been awarded this grant. Berwick has a unique history and series of records. The grant enables us to bring access to this collection into the 21st century and highlight the many hidden gems it contains.”

Until 1974 the Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed administered its own affairs separate from Northumberland. This created a distinct series of records chronicling the unique history of a very independent border town from the early 1500s.   

Georgina Naylor, Chief Executive of the Pilgrim Trust said: “The Pilgrim Trust is delighted to support the cataloguing of nine fascinating and important archive collections through the Archives Revealed programme. These previously hidden collections will now be made available to the public and to researchers, and we are looking forward to seeing the successful archive services demonstrate the value of the archive collections by enabling more people to research, view and learn from the material.”

Full details of the successful projects can be found on the Archives Revealed website: www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/archives-sector/finding-funding/archives-revealed/latest-news
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