Our cultural grants to museums, archives and universities focus on documenting endangered heritage. Projects we fund record manuscripts and archives, archaeological sites and artefacts, and cultural and religious traditions at risk of being lost. We also help develop new technologies for heritage documentation and historical research. We enable free, online, open access to all these materials.

Since 2002 we have awarded 75 grants to preserve endangered culture, totalling $212m

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University College London

The team at UCL works to develop digital imaging technologies to recover texts without destroying the mummy casings that preserve them.

School of Oriental and African Studies

The Programme gives grants for documenting endangered languages worldwide. So far, it has helped record more than 430 near-extinct languages in 77 countries.

Hill Museum and Manuscript Library

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) database is the world’s largest online collection of manuscripts. We support HMML’s work in the Middle East, Africa and India.

British Library

The project awards grants to support digitization of at-risk collections around the globe and to make their content freely available online. To date the Programme has awarded grants to 316 projects in 88 countries.