Back in June, I mentioned that we were part of a giant group of libraries bidding for funds to digitise industrial archives, including the Holden Papers. Such archives are often particularly difficult for users to access and comprehend, with information locked away in tricky and fragile formats. Unfortunately, I heard this week that our bid was unsuccessful. There was huge competition for the funding: I gather that there were 67 other bids! Which just goes to show how much wonderful material is hidden from public view for lack of funding.
Anyway, it’s disappointing, but the process of applying did bring us lots of new contacts: we hope to continue to work together. Meanwhile I’m reflecting on how to continue the inhouse phase of the Untangling project. While not on the scale of the work for which we applied, this super new list will really help us to help readers understand this major archive.