Funding awarded to support archives

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Berwick Record Office, part of Northumberland Archives, has been awarded £31,000 by the Archives Revealed Cataloguing Grants programme.

The scheme, which is supported by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Foyle Foundation, has awarded £281,258 to nine archives across the UK.

The grant will be used to re-catalogue Berwick Borough Archives, which were originally catalogued in 1978 and add in additional pre-1974 material which has subsequently been deposited, including planning records, secretary’s files and Quarter Sessions records.

The new catalogue will be made available electronically via the Northumberland Archives website ensuring easier and wider access to the collection, and the grant will allow Berwick Record Office to employ a cataloguing archivist for 12 months.

Additional funding has been secured from Berwick Guild of Freemen and Friends of Berwick & District Museum and Archives to run an outreach and volunteer project alongside and following this work, to promote the collection both locally and nationally.

Linda Bankier, archivist at the Berwick Record Office, said: “The Berwick Record Office is delighted to have been awarded this grant.

“Berwick has a unique history and series of records and the grant enables us to bring access to this collection into the 21st century and highlight the many hidden gems it contains.”

Until 1974, the Borough of Berwick-upon-Tweed administered its own affairs separate from Northumberland. This created a distinct series of records chronicling the unique history of a very independent border town from the early 1500s.