2016 Conference

Branching out: the rewards and realities of diversifying your service will be held on Monday 21 November 2016 at HSBC's head office in Canary Wharf.

This year's conference aims to share, discuss and debate the variety of ways business archives can branch out and become more diverse, from moving beyond the traditional archive functions to making collections more relevant for the 21st century audience.

A range of case studies will consider what practical steps can be taken to make your collection more diverse, with a focus on using volunteers and members of the community to collect, interpret and catalogue.

Speakers on the day will be:

Jeff James, The National Archives

Helen Swinnerton, HSBC Archives - A Different Reality: Seeing the archives through a new lens for HSBC150

Sophie Clapp, Boots Archive - Exploiting the benefits of a good education

Dr Andrew Flinn, University College London - Opening up the archive: community and participatory approaches to archival functions

Kate Maisey, Gloucestershire Archives - ‘There’s nothing like a Lister’- volunteer involvement with the archive of R A Lister & Co Ltd of Dursley, engineers

Victoria Hoyle, Explore York Libraries and Archives - Out of the strongroom and into the street - York: A Gateway to History, 2012-2016

James Steward, History of Advertising Trust - Ghost signs, Traces of an urban past – co-production and community archives

Jake Berger, BBC Archive - ‘BBC Reminiscence Archive - Using archive material to help people with dementia‘

Arike Oke, Rambert Archive - ‘Unboxing: Performing the archive on tour’

There will also be a number of panel and discussion sessions where attendees can explore the themes discussed during the presentations. Take a look at the full programme.

Read the speakers' abstracts.

For prices and how to book please download the booking form. As there are now limited spaces left please send the form before payment.

The conference will be followed by a reception for the presentation of the BAC Wadsworth Prize for Business History, taking place nearby at Barclays, Canary Wharf. All conference delegates are most welcome to attend.

Please send any questions to conference organisers Jemma Lee and Hannah Jenkinson at: bacconference@gmail.com