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Coventry Archives

Adopt a Collection

The Adopt a collection scheme, offers an annual opportunity for a personal association with a chosen item within in our collection. 

Coventry Archives holds an iconic collection and has a duty of care to preserve this rich and varied archive.  Through adoption, this rich heritage will continue to be preserved and made accessible for generations to come.  Adoption will also enable expansion of our digital offer in order to encourage learning and discourse of Coventry heritage on a greater scale.

For more information on how to adopt please contact or ring 0247 623 7583

Click here to download a Adopt a Collection submission form.

What are the benefits?

  • A personalised certificate sent in the post
  • A customised archive notice placed inside the preservation box which houses the item for the period of one year upon signing up for adoption
  • A photograph together with a mention in the Culture Coventry trust internal and external newsletter
  •  special tour for a small group of both our Conservation/Archives store


Which collections can be adopted?

Anyone can choose from some of the following archive/local study collections.  For a full list of all collections, please ask a member of Coventry Archives staff.

BA Borough Archive 1300-1550:  This collection provides unparalleled insight into the dramatic rise and decline of the Midland’s capital and England’s fourth largest city of the late medieval period.  Adoption will go towards conservation and digitisation.

Trade directories 1822-1970: Before phone books, Trade directories were the only means of discovering the details of a local tradesperson.  Not only do these books remain an invaluable resource for family historians, they also offer trade and advertisement information. Adoption will go towards conservation, preservation and digitisation.


Coventry Telegraph newspaper 1942-2018: This newspaper was originally founded as The Midland Daily Telegraph in 1891 by William Isaac Iliffe, and was Coventry's first daily newspaper. Sold for half a penny, it was a four-page broadsheet newspaper. This collection will appeal to all current and previous employees of Coventry Telegraph, as well as Coventry University Arts and Humanities Department who run a journalism course and Trinity Mirror. Adoption will go towards conservation and preservation [Digitisation is already being undertaken by British Newspaper Archive].

PA1 Topographical sketches by Dr Nathaniel Troughton19th Century: A local surgeon and trustee of various charities, Dr Nathaniel Troughton, produced these 10 volumes of pencil drawings of Coventry street scenes, buildings and interiors during the 19th century.  Adoption will go towards conservation and digitisation.

PA3029 Rootes collection 1928-1978: The Rootes Group was a British automobile manufacturer and, separately a motor distributors and dealers business. The Rootes photographic collection includes circa.  26,000 photographic prints, over 100 photograph albums and 76,000 glass plate negatives, acetate negatives and transparencies. Adoption will go towards conservation, preservation and digitisation.

CCG/CG/1 Coventry City Council: City treasurers - City graphics collection 1941-1951: City Graphics were a subsidiary of the Treasurer's department of Coventry City Council.  They undertook photographic work for the council and other departments such as the Archaeology and Conservation section.  Adoption will go towards conservation, preservation and digitisation.

Pictures of Coventry/Audio Visual collection c1930s-c1980s: There are approx. 3,500 photographs of the Coventry and Warwickshire collection/Pictures of Coventry collection that require digitisation. There are also around 400 Betamax films, 130 VHS and 500 Moving image film.  Adoption will go towards preservation and digitisation.

Ordnance survey maps 1880s-1950s: Ordnance Survey (OS) is a national mapping agency in the United Kingdom which covers the island of Great Britain.   These maps highlight the continued development and expansion of Coventry, as well as boundary changes. Adoption will go towards preservation and digitisation.

Bartleet cycling collection 1863-1935: Horace Bartleet was enthusiastically involved with the development of cycling in Britain.  He raced, toured, was involved in club organisation and built up a wide journalistic connection. This collection of books, catalogue and periodicals contain many unique items such as Stanley bicycle club exhibition catalogues from 1883, Bicyclists handbook 1879 and Bartleet’s bicycle book 1932.  This collection complements the wealth of cycles and bicycles based at the Coventry Transport Museum. Adoption will go towards preservation, conservation and digitisation.

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