BAC News

AfL seminar series on business archives

The next Archives for London seminar will be held on Thursday 2 March 2017, 18:00-19:30 at London Metropolitan Archives. Entitled Adventures in Business Archives, Dr Mike Anson, Manager at the Bank of England Archive and Chair of the Business Archives Council will talk about his experiences and the work of the BAC.

To find out more and how to book download the flyer.

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Professor Peter Payne - obituary

It is with great regret that the Council reports the death of Peter Payne, a vice president of the BAC, on 10 January 2017 at the age of 87. He had been in touch with us as recently as November 2016, wishing us well for the Conference and the Wadsworth Prize reception. We send our condolences to his widow Enid, son Simon, daughter Samantha and their families.

Peter’s achievements in business history and business archives were truly outstanding. He was at the forefront of business history as it continued to develop as a discipline in its own right in the USA and UK in the late 1950s and 1960s.

Read obituaries by Edwin Green and Michael Moss, and Terry Gourvish.

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Registration open for 'Procuring Digital Preservation - A Briefing' in Scotland

Registration is now open for the Digital Preservation Coalition's ‘Procuring Digital Preservation – A Briefing’ event, which is to be held at the National Records of Scotland, New Register House on Tuesday 21 March. 

The briefing day will explore themes related to procuring and implementing digital preservation solutions within complicated organisations, illustrated with case studies from members and the practical experience of solution providers. 

This day-long session will provide a neutral forum where those involved in procuring digital preservation solutions can talk directly and without prejudice about the challenges they face. The dialogue that results aims to clarify the process of requirements gathering and lower the barriers to effective procurement. 

Registration is free for DPC members, and cost £275.00 for non-members. Places are strictly limited and should be booked in advance. Registration will close one week before the event. 

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Launch of the Woolworths Archive

The corporate archive of Woolworths UK has been donated to the University of Reading Archives at the University's Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and to celebrate its launch the Centre of International Business History (CIBH) at the University of Reading's Henley Business School is hosting a reception on the evening of Friday 10 March 2017. The event will include an exhibition of materials from the collection, which have been catalogued and will be soon accessible to researchers.

To attend register your interst via the following web-link:

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David Kynaston delivers the National Life Stories Lecture 2017

David Kynaston will give the National Life Stories Lecture 2017, ‘Uncovering the unspoken: memory and post-war Britain’, reflecting on memory and its place in the historical analysis of post-war British society. National Life Stories ( is an independent charitable trust within the British Library whose expertise and focus is oral history fieldwork. The lecture is on Monday 13 March 2017 18.30-20.00 at the British Library Knowledge Centre, London.  For more details and to book tickets visit

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