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Friends’ membership subscriptions provide a valuable small regular income which contributes towards collection care and improvements to The Argyll Papers’ research facilities. The Friends also support fund-raising initiatives for the archive to help with conservation, cataloguing and engagement.

Written in the Landscape

The Argyll Papers hopes to participate in Written in the Landscape, an exciting new 3-year project to catalogue, conserve and promote all of the publicly available family and estate archives in Argyll. Working with Argyll and Bute Council Archives Service, The Argyll Papers archivist has developed a partnership project which will also create professional support and networking opportunities for all of the local heritage centres in Argyll.

The Argyll Papers will have a dedicated cataloguing archivist who will develop volunteering projects to catalogue and promote some of the most sought after family and local history records in the archive; many of these records will become available to researchers for the first time. The archive’s internationally important Maps and Plans Collection will also be conserved, re-packaged and digitised.

The total project cost is just under £300,000 and £228,000 has already been pledged by the partners, external funders and private donors. Grant applications are pending for the remaining balance, but private fundraising is also needed to make the project a reality.

This project will be invaluable to the Friends aim of opening up the archive to a wide audience, but it will only go ahead if the fundraising target is reached – if you would like to help please get in touch, or make a donation online.