History of the Ballast Trust

The Ballast Trust was formally established by William Lind with a deed of trust on 31st December 1987 and operations began in 1988. William Lind, known as Bill was the Director until his death in October 2007. The history of the Ballast Trust is very much a history of Bill and his interest in and commitment to industrial records.


In 2018, a publication The Business of Archives: A Labour of Love was prepared to mark the 30th anniversary of the Trust. The publication features chapters on William Lind, the history of the Ballast Trust, the significance of technical records, aspects of our working model, our technical records guidance and a list of the collections the Trust has processed since 1988.


The publication has been distributed to colleagues and friends of the Trust and will be shared with business archives and organisations with an interest in business history in early 2019. Print copies can be ordered from the Ballast Trust (for a fee of £5 which will cover postage anywhere within europe). Please contact us at ballasttrust@gmail.com to organise this.


Previously, in 2012, the Trustees published a short 25 year history of the Ballast Trust and this can be read online.

Images of the Ballast Trust and our work space since 1988 can be found in this Flickr set.