The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT) was established in 1990 by the British Library and the Royal Commission on Historical Manuscripts, with funding from the Office of Arts and Libraries and from private donors. It is a Registered Charity, number 802796.
The NMCT is the only UK grant-giver that focuses solely on the care and conservation of manuscripts in the UK.
We can give grants to:
- record offices and libraries in the UK that offer public access and are not directly funded by the government, including local authorities universities and specialised record repositories;
- owners of manuscripts and archives resident in the UK where the collections are conditionally exempt from capital taxation or which are owned by a charitable trust. In these cases adequate public access must be provided.
Our grants are towards the cost of repair, binding and conservation and preservation of manuscripts which in the opinion of the Trustees are of historic or educational value and towards the cost of first stage listing but not for capital cost or equipment. Projects which are solely digitisation are not eligible for our support.
Find out more about our grants and whether your project is eligible by going to the Applying to Us section of this site.
The Trustees benefit from specialist advice provided by The National Archives and the Museums Archives and LIbraries Division (MALD) of the Welsh Government and assistance from the Scottish Council on Archives. This advice covers the significance of the material, its status and the appropriateness of the proposed conservation treatment. This advice informs the Trustees' decisions about which projects should be awarded grants. With support of these partners we can also advise applicants on issues relating to preservation and conservation best practice and offer free advisory visits where necessary.
You can download the NMCT Annual Report here:
We are most grateful to Conservation by Design for their generous support of our 2015, 2016 and 2017 Annual Reports.
The Trustees of NMCT gratefully acknowledge the support of our many donors, whcih enable us to support far more conservation projects than would otherwise be possible. We particularly acknowledge the generous support that we receive from the Pilgrim Trust, with which we have worked in partnership for many years.