Past grants

The NMCT has been awarding grants for the conservation of manuscripts since 1990. It has awarded nearly £4m in grants towards projects with a total value of over £7.5m.

Thanks to these grants, manuscripts as varied as cinema plans, the papers of the first Viscount Sidmouth, the archive of an ironworks, one finest Romanesque Bibles crafted in the 12th century, rare Cornish language manuscripts and letters of William Wordsworth have been conserved.  A range of projects that have been awarded grants are also featured in the Case Studies section of this site and a list of grants awarded since 2010 can be downloaded below.

The Trustees of the NMCT are indebted to the many funders whose support enables us to award far more grants than would otherwise be possible. In particular, The Pilgrim Trust, whose partnership with NMCT over many years has ensured the future of some of the most important collections in the country.  Our partnership with Museums, Archives and Libraries Wales (MALD) has, since 2011, enabled us to award grants to institutions in Wales totalling nearly £300,000.

In 2010 NMCT was able to award grants of under £70,000; today, thanks to the support of the Pilgrim Trust, MALD, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Dulverton Trust and many others, that figure is between £150,000 and £170,000 annually.


John Rylands Library: the Rylands Haggadah, 14th century. Image John Rylands Library.

University of Glasgow: Adam Smith papers.

Bristol Record Office: Vulgate Bible.

Norfolk Record Office: Aylsham Manor Court Roll before conservation.

Bodleian Library: Book of the Constellations of the Fixed Stars.

Cardiff University: the Barbier archive.

Brunel Museum: the Thames Tunnel  Archive.