After three years, over 30,000 documents, and a lot of hard work, the Unlocking the Bankes Archive project has finally come to a close. We’d like to take this moment to say thank you to everyone who has engaged with the project over its lifetime.

Firstly, a thank you to our funders, without whom the project would not have even started: the Heritage Lottery Fund; the Garfield Weston Foundation; the National Manuscripts Conservation Trust; The Valentine Charitable Trust; Dorset County Council; and Dorset Archives Trust.

Staff from the project, Dorset County Council and Kingston Lacy

A second huge thank you to our project partners, the National Trust at Kingston Lacy, and the Priest’s House Museum, who have helped us to develop new connections in the community of East Dorset.

Each member of project staff has brought their own passion to the project. Through them, we have been able to catalogue, conserve, digitise and share this wonderful collection. A huge thank you goes out to each and every one. The project has also been supported by the fantastic team at Dorset History Centre, who have answered every question and query we’ve thrown their way. We couldn’t have done it without their patient support at every step of the journey.

Project staff and volunteers at Kingston Lacy

We would also like to express our gratitude to our incredible team of volunteers. The cataloguing team added over 13,000 documents to the catalogue. Research volunteers uncovered new and exciting stories from the archive, many of which you can read on our blog and via the stories section of the project website. Outreach volunteers helped us to engage with the local community; at schools, libraries and museums. Paleographers made sense of the Latin, and the historic handwriting. We are immensely grateful for their skills, support and contribution to the project.

Visitors attending the Unlocking the Bankes Archive project conference in June 2018

And finally, a thank you to the local community, who have engaged with the project over the last three years – visiting events, reading blogs, and using the archive in their own research. It is through you that the work carried out thus far will continue to be used for years to come.

Thank you.

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Published: 14/12/2018

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