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 Professor Anthony Slaven. The Ballast Trust has 3 members of staff and also has the Business Archives Surveying Officer based here.
We are also supported by our regular team of volunteers: Campbell Cornwall, Andrew Swan, Stuart Rankin, Craig Osborne, David Hamilton, Graham Todd, Bob Osborne and Stephen Hall.

In 2018, Duncan Winning retired after more than 25 years with the Ballast Trust. He sadly passed away in March 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.