Papers revealing the revolutionary ideas of Welsh socialist ringleader Robert Owen and an Earl who was Prime Minister three times during the 19th century are among 14 projects to win £400,000 from the National Cataloguing Grants Programme.
The Sadler’s Wells Theatre Collection, the archive of global property dynasty the Noel family and scathing rebukes of rail pioneer George Stephenson written by one of his 19th century rivals, Timothy Hackworth will all be given wider coverage in a scheme aimed at saving archives at risk of being lost forever.
Papers belonging to prolific Prime Ministerial incumbent the 14th Earl of Derby, Edward Smith-Stanley, are certain to be better value than anything Tony Blair has produced and Father of Co-operation, Robert Owen's writings cover everything from fair working conditions and education for workers to reducing working hours and sick pay.
“This grants programme provides essential funding for cataloguing without which archive collections would be inaccessible to the public,” said Melinda Haunton, the Programmes Manager for The National Archives.
“Cataloguing uncovers unknown treasures and makes the documentary heritage available to everyone. Once archive collections are fully understood, they become available for a huge range of uses, such as community partnership projects, research and education work".
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