National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

National Manuscripts Conservation Trust

At a glance


  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Organisation type: 
Geographical remit: 
National - Britain


The chief object of the NMCT is to provide grants towards the cost of conserving manuscripts, which, in the opinion of the Trustees, are of historic or educational value. We can accept applications from all county record offices, non-national libraries and museums and other similar publicly funded institutions including local authority, university and specialist record libraries throughout the United Kingdom. (National libraries and institutions that are directly funded by the government are not normally eligible for grants from the NMCT).

Our help matters to the libraries, researchers and the public. Since 1990 the NMCT has awarded grants of over £3.8m towards projects with a total value of over £7.5m, which have helped to preserve important historical, literary, scientific and other documents. Many of the manuscripts conserved with our help were fragile and completely inaccessible before treatment; as a result of the NMCT’s grants, these documents have been preserved and can now be made accessible to researchers and the public.



We give grants towards the cost of conserving manuscripts of all kinds, from early medieval illuminated manuscripts to literary, scientific, industrial or other archive collections. In deciding whether an application merits a grant, the Trustees assess the significance of the manuscript or archive, the suitability of the storage conditions, the applicant’s commitment to continuing good preservation practice, and the requirement for reasonable public access. 

The Trustees include several experts in conservation. The Honorary Treasurer is responsible for financial administration and overseeing the investment manager. 

Cazenove manages the investment portfolio (c.£2.5m). The income comes from investments and donations. There are no employees. The administration is carried out by a super efficient Secretary / Administrator who acts as a consultant. There are no members or membership subscriptions.   


Current opportunities

London (Central), RG8 9JA

The NMCT seeks an Honorary Treasurer to help preserve historic manuscripts and archives by awarding conservation grants.