2017 Conference

Change the Record

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Business archives contain the records of enduring value of a business. But how are those records changing? How are archivists responding to those changes? Do the changes make capturing and using records more difficult or just difficult in a new way? The BAC’s annual conference will look at how shifts in the technology landscape have impacted records creation and use. Our speakers will examine these issues with views from both a theoretical standpoint, and from the practitioner on the frontline. It’s time to change the record, so come along and see how!

The opening presentation from Simon Demissie and Arike Oke of The Wellcome Trust will give an overview of how the records their organisation receives have changed, how this impacts on how they manage them and what this means for the archives profession as a whole. A panel session on the changing nature of records will follow with Elizabeth Lomas of UCL and Mary Rutherford and Chris Campbell from GSK. The subjects will include the change in format of specific record types and the impact of ERP on records management; this session is bound to spark conversation.

The afternoon will focus on the use of archives with a look at how the history of Harper Collins has been utilised during its anniversary year with a presentation from Dawn Sinclair. Following this, a number of case studies on the different ways archives are being used will be presented in a second panel session. Presenters include Margaret Procter on a collaborative PhD between the University of Liverpool and Barclays, Alix Green from Essex University and Judy Faraday from The John Lewis Partnership on another collaborative project, and Ryland Thomas from the Bank of England.

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion throughout the day.

Full programme available shortly.

The venue will be Harper Collins, The News Building situated close to London Bridge, which offers spectacular views of The City.

The conference will be followed by the Wadsworth prize for Business History.

Booking is available through Eventbrite:


An early bird rate for BAC members will be available until 13th October.

Please send any questions to conference organisers at: bacconference@gmail.com