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Donate by bank transfer (pounds sterling)

Bank: Lloyds, Leamington Spa
Account name: Venerable English College Trust
Account number: 40968968
Sort code: 30-94-93
Reference: Archives Appeal
BIC: LOYDGB21137
IBAN: GB57 LOYD 3094 9340 9689 68


Donate by cheque

Please make cheques payable to ‘The Venerable English College Trust’, and write ‘Archives Appeal’ on the back of the cheque.

Cheques can be sent by post to:
The Rector, Venerabile Collegio Inglese, via di Monserrato 45, 00186 Roma, Italy.

Why are we raising money?

Following our three-year project to help raise the profile of the VEC Archives, we are now raising money to preserve the collection and develop the Archives space. The three main areas of focus for the collection are Conservation, Cataloguing and Digitization.

A parchment from the VEC Archives, in need of restoration

Conservation

Many papers in the Archives are very fragile, and need specialized professional care to ensure that they can stand the tests of time. We intend for this to happen over the course of many years: items in need of conservation work will be identified as they are catalogued.

A screen-shot of a digital library catalogue at the VEC Archives

Cataloguing

We began building a new multi-lingual electronic catalogue of the VEC Archives in 2015. That project needs to continue: every document in the Archives needs a brief description and reference code, enabling scholars to find efficiently all the material relevant to their research.

Hands pulling an iPad out of a bookcase

Digitization

The VEC’s alumni in the Roman Association have now digitized the entire back-catalogue of the College magazine The Venerabile, making research much easier. Many other holdings in the Archives would benefit from being digitized in this way, as it allows valuable information to be retrieved very quickly.

In addition to the vital work to preserve the collection and keep it available for generations to come, we are setting up an Archives’ reading room, and to appoint new staff to assist with the work on the Archives, and to assist readers with their research.