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Endangered Archives Programme (EAP)

To establish a grants programme that funds projects to digitise neglected, vulnerable or inaccessible archives from across the world. The digitised materials are available for free online.

The Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) facilitates the digitisation of archives around the world that are in danger of destruction, neglect or physical deterioration. Thanks to generous funding from Arcadia, a charitable fund of Lisbet Rausing and Peter Baldwin, we have provided grants to more than 400 projects in 90 countries worldwide, in over 100 languages and scripts.

Archive types digitised so far include rare printed sources, manuscripts, visual materials, audio recordings. This continually expanding online collection is available freely through the British Library website and local archival partners, for research, inspiration and enjoyment.

Summaries of individual projects funded by EAP can also be found on the Culture in Crisis portal. These summaries were created from EAP project proposals and final reports. They have been edited for consistency but retain the original language of the applicants and project leads.

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Endangered Archives Programme (EAP) Projects

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The Archives of Forgotten Places: The Turks and Caicos Islands

Although occupied for more than 300 years, the Turks and Caicos Islands have been historically governed from afar. The absence of direct governance has resulted in limited arc…

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Documenting the Arabic manuscript collection of the Yattara Family Library, Timbuktu, Mali

The Yattara family library is a manuscript collection that has been developed over centuries by a prominent family from Timbuktu, Mali. Its contents were largely unknown. An o…

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(Re)Collecting the Heritage of the Silk Road: Tajikistan’s pre-Russian Past in Documents

While recent decades have seen a growth in the number of document-based histories of the 18th and 19th centuries in Tajikistan, the pre-Russian period remains poorly studied a…

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Temple manuscripts of Kerala and Karnataka

The knowledge in the palm-leaf manuscripts of the Sri Mookambika Temple allows the study of the rites and rituals performed in the Ceremonies. The project built understanding …

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Private records of some leading business families of early colonial Bengal

Bengal had a rich tradition of commodity production, trade and commerce in the pre-colonial and the early colonial period. The archival records of the families with such leadi…

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Preservation of the Music and Dance Archive at the Music Museum of Nepal (NFMIM) - Phase 2

The instruments, music, songs and dances of the diverse ethnic groups of Nepal are unique in the world. Digitisation is the only way present and future generations in Nepal ca…

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Ukrainian scientific heritage of the late 19th and early 20th century preservation: digitisation of archival materials and scientific publications Shevchenko Scientific Society in Lviv

The Shevchenko Scientific Society united Ukrainian scientists in Lviv between 1873 and 1939. It played the role of the Academy of Sciences before the foundation of the Ukraini…

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A modern gaze on traditional cultural practices in Argentina and Latin America: relocation and preservation of the Heinrich Sanguinetti Archive (1930-1980)

The Heinrich Sanguinetti Archive contains 100.000 photographs depicting Argentina in the 1930-1950s. The 5,000 images taken by Annemarie Heinrich depict the pre-industrial int…

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Documentation of Endangered Temple Art of Tamil Nadu

This project digitised murals in Tamil Nadu from the Pallava, the Chola, the Nayak and the Maratha periods. Wall and ceiling paintings in six temples and one palace were photo…

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