About Us

About Us

The Ballast Trust has been working for 30 years to help preserve the records of Scotland’s industrial past.

The Ballast Trust policy statement sets out our aims and the terms under which we can process records on behalf of other record repositories. It was approved by the Board of Trustees on 7 December 2009.

What Do We Do?

The Ballast Trust supports the work of archive repositories to preserve records relating to business and industry in Scotland. The Trust does this by providing the facilities to process the collections and the technical expertise and knowledge required to understand these collections and catalogue them properly.

Our Staff

The Director of the Ballast Trust is Kiara King who took on this role in 2020 from Professor Anthony Slaven.


The Ballast Trust is support by a Board of Trustees. They are:

  • Professor Anthony Slaven (Chairman)
  • Professor John Hume
  • Colin Millar
  • Miles Oglethorpe


The Ballast Trust has 3 members of staff including the post of Business Archives Surveying Officer which has been based here since 2014 and funded by the Ballast Trust since 2015.


We are also supported by our regular team of volunteers: Campbell Cornwall, Andrew Swan, Stuart Rankin, Craig Osborne, David Hamilton, Graham Todd, Bob Osborne, Alistair Hart and Bob McNair.


In January 2018, Duncan Winning retired after more than 25 years with the Ballast Trust. He sadly passed away in March that year and we have prepared this piece in memory of him.

How To Find Us

Our office is located at:

18-20 Walkinshaw Street, Johnstone, PA5 8AB (map).

The premises provide us with large storage space for processing archive collections.

We are a 10 minute walk from Johnstone train station and Johnstone itself is 15 minutes by train or 20 minutes by car from Glasgow.