The Ballast Trust has been involved in several projects within the Scottish business archives sector. You can find out more about these by clicking the boxes below.


In terms of our current collections work, staff and volunteers are working on the following projects and collections:

  • British Rail plans (National Records of Scotland)
  • Edinburgh City Engineer’s (Edinburgh City Archives)
  • William Lind collections (Ballast Trust)
  • Dan McDonald collection (Ballast Trust)
  • Kenneth Kirkwood Mackay slide collection (personal collection)
  • Scottish Canals legal papers (Scottish Canals / National Records of Scotland)
  • Additions to the Clyde Port Authority collection (Glasgow City Archives)
  • Adamson & Robertson collection (University of Glasgow)



FIELDWORK: Mapping Scotland’s Business Archives is a project funded by the National Archives. Find out more here.

National Strategy

In 2010 the Ballast Trust, in partnership with the Business Archives Council of Scotland and with the support of the National Records of Scotland and the Scottish Council on Archives developed a National Strategy For Business Archives in Scotland. Find out more about it on the BACS website.

Archive Pacesetter

In 2010 we began using an archival management software called Archivists’ Toolkit to catalogue collections and manage our accessions. This was implemented as part of a project to ‘create electronic finding aids using Archivists’ Toolkit’.  This project was awarded archive pace setter status.  The project plan can be viewed here.