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Assist The Project

UK MapThe NEWSPLAN 2000 Project is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and by the UK Newspaper Industry, and by NEWSPLAN regional groups and libraries from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The groups provide their time and expertise in identifying those local newspaper titles that are most at risk and prepare them for filming.

Under its regulations, the Heritage Lottery Fund also requires partnership funding to be provided from other sources.

If you would like to help with the work of the NEWSPLAN 2000 Project, and contribute to the funding of the crucial task of saving the UK's most fragile local newspapers for the use of current and future generations, we shall be delighted to hear from you.

Please contact John Lauder, Project Director, or Dr Ann Matheson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, who will be glad to provide further information.

Any assistance to the Project will be gratefully acknowledged, and greatly appreciated by everyone who values local newspapers, their history and their contents. You will be playing your part in this major endeavour to preserve and provide access to the UK's unparalleled riches of local newspapers.

Support For The Project

"We welcome the news of this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will help to safeguard this country's most fragile newspapers, many of which are no longer published. They form a unique part of the nation's heritage, which will now be protected for future generations".
Mr Edwin Boorman DL, President of the Newspaper Society & Chairman of the Kent Messenger Group

"Local newspapers are an integral part of local history and culture, providing an incomparable barometer of local opinion over past centuries. Often they represent the first-person witnesses to important events. I congratulate the Heritage Lottery Fund on making this grant to the NEWSPLAN 2000 Project. The grant will save a vital part of our nation's archives allowing historians, students and others access to these documents while preserving them from further deterioration. This Project will be an enormous undertaking but I am sure future generations will benefit from being given the opportunity to study and enjoy this invaluable resource".
The Rt Hon. Baroness Blackstone, Minister of State for the Arts, Department of Culture, Media and Sport

"The Heritage Lottery Fund is very excited about supporting this flagship project to save a unique archive of national importance for future generations. It will allow many more people to have access to resources for learning about the history of their community. By preserving local newspapers across the UK, this grant award helps to fulfil the Heritage Lottery Fund's objective that every community across the UK should benefit from its support".
Ms Anthea Case, Director of the Heritage Lottery Fund

"Newspapers have been called history's first draft. The conservation of our stock of local newspapers, much of it suffering from acidity and thus difficult to handle, is incredibly important because it forms a considerable part of our nation's archives. The Heritage Lottery Fund's commitment to help save newspapers for the nation will not only prevent the loss of an irreplaceable piece of our history, but will allow far greater access than at present, without further damaging the originals."
The Rt Hon Chris Smith MP, Former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport

"This project is really impressive. I hope...that these historic newspapers are microfilmed and their contents can be made accessible to more readers than ever before."
Alan Howarth MP, Former Minister for the Arts

"The Project's primary aim is to preserve one of the UK's priceless historical assets - its local newspapers - and to ensure that every citizen can have better access to this important part of our historical record"
Dr Ann Matheson, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the NEWSPLAN 2000 Project

The NEWSPLAN 2000 Project, British Library Newspaper Library, Colindale Avenue, LONDON, NW9 5HE | Tel: 020 7412 7371