The NMCT Annual Report for 2018 is now available! The report provides details of all the projects that were awarded grants during the year and also reflects on the lasting benefit of some past projects.
As the Chairman, Professor David McKitterick, records in his introduction: "As usual, grants have been given to a wide range of libraries and museums, and cover all kinds of subjects. The growing interest in commercial and industrial archives is reflected in grants to Southwark for the dyeing industry, to Bangor University for mining, to the Brunel Museum for designs for the Thames Tunnel, and to the Philatelic Society for records relating to the printing of stamps. In music we have supported the Carl Rosa Trust at Liverpool. Maps have been addressed in Powys and Newcastle upon Tyne; medieval archives in York and Gloucester; military papers at the Museum of the Royal Welsh at Brecon; and personal papers in Derbyshire, at Harrogate, at Cardiff in the Barbier family with its connections between Wales and France, and at Armagh in the papers of Archbishop Beresford. In Sheffield we have helped towards the conservation of a unique series of newspaper advertising posters, and in London we have contributed to the conservation of the records of the Salters’ Company. Two of Humphrey Repton’s red books at the Hertfordshire Archives are now in a condition where these fragile volumes offering suggestions for landscape improvement can be more safely studied. The considerable work on the 15th-century Book of Hours at Powis Castle, in the care of the National Trust, has now begun thanks to our grant.
The continuing decline in the money that local authorities are able to provide for papers for which they are responsible remains a major concern. For everyone, whether local authorities, libraries or other independent bodies, the care of collections, and thus the ways in which we can understand our history, depend on diminishing financial and human resources. Partly for this reason, we are especially pleased to have been able to support training and career development in several of these projects."