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Meet the Funders

18 June 13:30 - 16:30


Learn about sources of funding for the preservation and conservation of your collections

The SCA Preservation and Conservation Committee is hosting a free half-day event for those interested in learning more about how to access external funding for the preservation and conservation of collections.

This will be an opportunity to learn about various grants and funding streams available as well as advice on how increase your chances of accessing funding. There will be a question and answer session where you will have the chance to get advice and guidance direct from the funders. Please come prepared with any questions or upcoming plans you might have to submit a funding proposal.

Register for this free event here.

13:30-14:00 Registration – Tea and Coffee
14:00-14:15 Linda Ramsay, SCA Trustee and Preservation Committee Convener

Statements of significance – using significance assessments to look at your collections from a new perspective and articulate the value of your collections to funders.

14:15-14:40 Nell Hoare, Secretary, The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

Nell will talk about the funding available from NMCT, which awards grants for the conservation of manuscripts.  Nell will also briefly talk of the grants Friends of the National Libraries awards for the acquisition of manuscripts, rare books and fine bindings.

14:40 – 15:00 Alison Mason, Highland Archive Service

 NMCT funded conservation of the Waternish Plans and Volumes

Offering a fascinating insight into life on a small Highland estate and covering themes such as the clearances, the development of the crofting system and the impact of the world wars; the collection was in particular need of conservation work to make it accessible to researchers.

15:00– 15:25 Chris Hassan, Portfolio Manager, Wellcome Trust

The Wellcome Trust offers Research Resources Grants of up to £500,000 to improve access to health-related library and archive collections across the UK and Republic of Ireland by supporting cataloguing, conservation and digitisation projects. Learn more about

15:25 – 15:45 Bruno Longmore, Head of Archive Depositor Liaison, National Records of Scotland

Wellcome Trust Funding to Catalogue WW1 Pension Appeals Applications: The National Records of Scotland Experience

Examines NRS experience of applying for Wellcome Trust funding, the funded project, its impact, benefits, outcomes and lessons learned.

15:45 – 16:30 Question and Answer Session – Tea and Coffee
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18 June
13:30 - 16:30


New Register House
Edinburgh, EH1 3YT
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