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Rescue, sorting and cataloguing of technical records by volunteers


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Presentation about the Ballast Trust for the 4th European Industrial and Technical Heritage Weekend in Calais.

Presentation about the Ballast Trust for the 4th European Industrial and Technical Heritage Weekend in Calais.

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  • 1. The rescue, sorting and cataloguing of technical records by volunteers Le sauvetage, le tri et le catalogage des dossiers techniques par des bénévoles
  • 2. The Ballast Trust
    • Provides a sorting and cataloguing service for business archives with an emphasis on technical records such as shipbuilding, railway and engineering plans, drawings and photographs.
    • It also:
    • Locates and surveys records
    • Rescues and preserves
    • records in danger of destruction
    • Fourniture d’un service de tri et de catalogage pour les archives des affaires avec un accent sur les dossiers techniques comme la construction navale, ferroviaire et de plans techniques, dessins et photographies.
    • En plus:
    • Il localise et enqu ê te sure des documents
    • Il sauve et préserve les documents en danger de destruction
  • 3. History of the Ballast Trust
    • Founded by William Lind in 1988/89
    • Strong links with Centre of Business
    • History at the University of Glasgow
    • Processed over 60 collections
    • (often huge volumes of records)
    • Received 20 tons of records in
    • first 4 years
    • Worked for National Archives of Scotland, Glasgow University, Glasgow City Archives, Scottish Maritime Museum, Mining Museum
    • Fondée par William Lind en 1988/89
    • Transformé plus de 60 collections
    • A reçu 20 tonnes de dossiers dans les 4 premières années
    Bill Lind at Stephen’s Yard
  • 4. Supporting Scotland’s Industrial Heritage
    • The Ballast Trust provides the facilities and physical space to process collections as well as the technical expertise and knowledge required to understand these collections and catalogue them fully.
    • La Ballast Trust fournit les installations et l'espace physique pour le processus de recouvrement ainsi que l'expertise technique et les connaissances nécessaires pour comprendre ces collections et les cataloguer de fond.
    A McMillan & Son’s Shipyard, Dumbarton (1929)
  • 5. How We Work
    • Recruit volunteers with specialist knowledge or enthusiasms
    • Have staff from technical backgrounds with years of experience
    • Match these people to the right collection
    • Catalogue the collection in accordance with each Archive’s standards and systems
    • Once complete the collection is returned and available for public access
    • Recruter des bénévoles ayant des connaissances particulières ou des enthousiasmes
    • Avoir du personnel des milieus techniques avec des années d'expérience
    • placer ces personnes à la collection juste
    • Cataloguer de la collection conformément aux normes de chacune des archives et des systèmes
    • Une fois terminée la collection est rendue et disponible pour l'accès du public
  • 6. Future plans
    • Process our backlog (350 linear metres)
    • Expand volunteer numbers
    • Create ‘how to’ guides for processing collections
    • Capture the knowledge of staff and volunteers…
    • Traiter notre carnet de commandes (350 mètres linéaires)
    • Développer le nombre de bénévoles
    • Créer des «guides pratiques pour le traitment des collections
    • Capturer les connaissances du personnel et des bénévoles ...
    Some of the backlog in our storerooms
  • 7. Our Collections Photographs
  • 8. Our Collections Plans & Drawings
  • 9. Contact Us
    • website:
    • blog:
    • email: [email_address]