Welcome to the website of the Ballast Trust.

The Ballast Trust is a charitable foundation that provides a rescue, sorting and cataloguing service for business archives with an emphasis on technical records such as shipbuilding, railway and engineering plans, drawings and photographs.

Since its establishment in 1988 it has processed technical records on behalf of national and local archive repositories and museums.

In 2012 we celebrated 25 years since the Trust was formally set up in December 1987 and published a history of the Ballast Trust to mark the occasion. In 2018 we are preparing a publication to mark 30 years of understanding technical records.