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2014 Conference

Courtesy of the Royal Albert Hall

Courtesy of the Royal Albert Hall

Let the Right One In? - Challenging Perceptions of Access to Business Archives

This year’s conference will be held on Thursday 13th November 2014 at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.

The aim of the conference is to discuss ideas and issues around access to business archives. This will be enabled on the day through group discussions, case studies and practical advice. The conference will benefit all professionals who facilitate both internal and external access to their archives and also benefit those who seek to gain access to archives.  Specifically the conference will explore:

  • The balance between commercial needs of a business and external access
  • how effectively social media can be used
  • How cataloguing enhances access
  • How access can be made to digital records

The conference will also include a panel session where delegates will have the opportunity to hear from, and put questions to, a variety of speakers on the issues discussed during the day.

It is intended that the results of the conference will form a BAC policy statement on Access - a resource designed to assist managers, professionals and users in the field.

Speakers this year include:

  • Maria Sienkiewicz, Barclays Group Archive
  • Christopher Hilton, Wellcome Library
  • Duncan Campbell-Smith, business historian
  • Kiara King, Ballast Trust
  • Rachael Griffin, Pentabus Theatre Company

 The conference will be followed by drinks to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the BAC.

Please download a conference flyer.

The BAC is pleased to announce that it is offering five bursaries that will cover the cost of the conference fee. Applicants whose employers would not normally be able to fund their attendance will be given priority, as will those not already working in the business archive sector. Successful applicants will be expected to take and compile notes from the day to form the basis of the BAC’s policy document on Access. For more information on what will be required, and to apply, please email Adam Hillhouse at stating your name, organisation and why you would like the bursary, by 29 August. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by mid-September.

To book your place please complete a booking form.

A special ‘early bird’ rate of £70 is available if booking before 30th September.  After this, the charge will be £80 for BAC and ABH members and £100 for non-members. A second or third delegate from the same member organisation will cost £60 each.  We are pleased to be able to offer a discounted rate of £20 for students and low waged delegates. Click here to pay by PayPal.

Any questions, please contact Adam Hillhouse of The British Postal Museum & Archive at or Paula Togher of The Baring Archive at

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