BAC News

BAC cataloguing grant for the arts now open for applications

The BAC cataloguing grant relating to the arts is now open for applications.

This year the Business Archives Council (BAC) will once again offer a £3000 cataloguing grant for business collections relating to the arts. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives 
  • reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value 
  • create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections 
  • make more arts-related business collections accessible

The deadline for applications is 27 July 2017.

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Archives Unlocked - new TNA vision and action plan

At the end of March, The National Archives (TNA) launched a new vision and action plan to help archives work to secure their future. Read more about the launch on TNA's website.

The BAC has been involved in the development of this vision and Archives Unlocked includes a case study on the John Lewis Partnership Archives and a 'think piece' on archives and economic growth by BAC Chair Mike Anson. Read the document on TNA's website.

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John Armstrong - obituary

The Council greatly regrets to report the death of John Armstrong, a former Hon Editor and Hon Treasurer of the BAC, on 12 February 2017 at the age of 72. John had been unwell for some time but he remained a strong supporter of the BAC and his positive outlook never failed.

Read an obituary by Terry Gourvish and Edwin Green.

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Registration is now open for the 2017 ‘Getting Started with Digital Preservation’ workshops (registration closes on 26th April)

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting Started in Digital Preservation.' This day-long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.

Workshops will be held on the following dates: John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, 3 May; Information Technologists’ Hall, London, 17 May; and Palace Green Library, University of Durham, 20 July. Registration is free for members of the DPC and £50 for non-members.

Find out more about the events and register via the DPC website: http://bit.ly/EventsDPC

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BAC cataloguing grant open for applications

The BAC cataloguing grant is now open for applications.

This year the Business Archives Council (BAC) will once again offer a £3000 cataloguing grant for business collections. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives 
  • reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value 
  • create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections 
  • increase access to business collections

The deadline for applications is 26 June 2017.

Find out more.

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