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RTPI receives Archives Revealed Scoping Grant to assess historical records

The Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) has been awarded a Scoping Grant from The National Archives as part of the Archives Revealed Scoping Grant programme.

The Archives Revealed Scoping Grant programme is designed to provide grants for consultancy services to facilitate the scoping of collections.

The aims of the programme include enabling grantees to develop a better understanding of the content of their collection, strategically prioritise collection development, advocate for the development of their service, and prepare an effective case for support when applying for funding.

The initiative is supported by a partnership between The National Archives, the Pilgrim Trust, and the Wolfson Foundation, with the overarching goal of making significant archive collections accessible to the public for research and enjoyment.

The funding programme provides grants of up to £3,000 for the scoping of archival collections that may be of public interest. The RTPI's participation in this initiative underscores its dedication to preserving and promoting the historical records that contribute to the science and art of planning in the United Kingdom.

David Mountain, Research Manager at the RTPI said: “We are delighted to receive a Scoping Grant from The National Archives. The RTPI’s charitable object is to advance the science and art of planning (town and country and spatial planning) for the benefit of the public. The RTPI is also a learned society, which means we have a responsibility to host, assist and represent the work of planning scholars and researchers.

“This scoping grant will allow us to assess the scope, quality, condition and quantity of our historical records. It will help us to understand the amount of time, work, and money needed to establish a usable, accessible resource for planners, scholars and the public. Such a resource will help to further embed long-standing leadership within the planning community at large.”

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