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