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£30,000 grant to put unique British Leyland archives online

Archivists Charlotte Gallang and Mollie Horne look at the British Leyland documents.
Archivists Charlotte Gallang and Mollie Horne look at the British Leyland documents.

THE British Motor Industry Heritage Trust has banked £30,000 to produce a digital catalogue of a unique collection of sales and press material originating from British Leyland.

The money has been given to the trust, based at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon, by the Archives Revealed cataloguing programme, which is supported by The National Archives, The Pilgrim Trust, the Wolfson Foundation and the Foyle Foundation.

Work will get underway on The Art of Selling project in the autumn and the electronic catalogue will be put online at the end of October next year, making information about this collection widely available for the first time.

Nine organisations across the UK will share £281,258. Details of the other recipients are HERE.

The British Motor Industry Heritage Trust's archive includes the most significant body of material relating to the social, industrial and product history of the British motor industry in existence.

Gillian Bardsley, archivist at the trust, said “The British Leyland Collection is a fine example of an esoteric body of material which should not have survived, and yet its preservation opens up a rich vein of social and industrial history which has wide appeal.

"This funding will enable us to recruit a professional archivist and a small team of specialist volunteers who will sort and re-package the collection, opening it up to all who wish to use it.”

Jeff James, chief executive and keeper of The National Archives, said “Cataloguing archives is the key to revealing the hidden riches of our documentary heritage.

"For that reason we are delighted to announce funding for the cataloguing of nine highly significant collections from across the country, transforming access to those archives, allowing new discoveries to be made and new stories to be told.”

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