We are delighted to announce that Worcestershire Archives are one of the lucky repositories to be awarded funding from the 2014 round of the National Cataloguing Grant programme. Each year the Cataloguing Grants Programme supports the cataloguing of collections that need external funding to provide access to their content. The 2014 round received applications for over £1.8 million in total from various organisations, so we are extremely proud that our project has been selected for funding support.
The title of the project is 'Worcestershire's criminal record - cataloguing the West Mercia Police Authority Archives' and over the course of 15 months it will allow us to catalogue and make available the Police records in our care. For some years now the West Mercia records held by our service have had limited availability due to their uncatalogued status, so we are excited to finally dedicate the time needed to these records. Once catalogued the records will be made available on our online catalogue and, subject to any legal closure periods, will be available to view in our Original Archive Area at The Hive.
For more information on the Cataloguing Grant programme and to find out about the other successful applicants check The National Archives' website.
Keep checking back on our Blog for more information about the progress of the project throughout 2015!