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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.

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

Conference programme
From    09.30   Registration and coffee

10.00 - 10.20   Business Archives Council A.G.M.

10.20 - 10.30   Comfort break

10.30 - 10.45   Welcome and introduction to the conference

Richard Wiltshire (Chair) and Sarah Wood (Director of Customer Service, Royal Albert Hall)

Session 1   ‘Accessing’ Archives Through Social Media?

10.45 - 11.50   Kiara King (Archivist, Ballast Trust)

Access to business archives: the opportunities and pitfalls of social media

Followed by a discussion session (with tea and coffee)
Session 2   Delivering and Opening Up Access

11.50 - 12.00   Mike Anson (Chair, Business Archives Council)

What has the BAC done for us?

12.00 - 12.25   Rachael Griffin (Director, Pentabus Theatre)

Pentabus Theatre Company Archives – from cowshed to catalogue

12.25 - 12.50   Liz Harper (Archive Manager, Royal Albert Hall)

The World’s Most Famous Stage – opening up access to the Royal Albert Hall Archives

12.50 - 13.40     Lunch

Archive Service Accreditation
If you're considering whether and when you might apply for Archive Service Accreditation, the Accreditation Team from The National Archives will be available to discuss your questions and provided tailored guidance about the Standard and applications over lunch

Session 3   Let The Right One In? – Gaining and Allowing Access

13.40 - 14.40   Duncan Campbell-Smith (Business Historian)

Archivists: guides or guardians?

Maria Sienkiewicz (Group Archivist, Barclays Group Archives)

'Take the 109 bus and bring a packed lunch’: Confidentiality, reputation and logistics – the challenges and opportunities of opening up business archives

Followed by a discussion session

14.40 - 15.00   Tea and Coffee

Session 4   Access – Past, Present and Future

15.00 - 15.30   Christopher Hilton (Archivist, Wellcome Library)

'Can we, should we, would they notice?': issues around access to digital records

15.30 - 16.00   Panel Discussion (chaired by Richard Wiltshire)

Our speakers debate the topics discussed throughout the day

16.00              Close

Followed by drinks in a nearby venue to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Business Archives Council

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