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Call for papers - “An Emporium for many Nations”: London shaped by trade

Call for papers for the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society (LAMAS) Local History Conference “An Emporium for many Nations”: London shaped by trade to be held 17 November 2018.

The aim of this one-day conference is to investigate and explore the history of ‘trade’ in Greater London, in all its various forms, and across different periods in history. LAMAS are seeking proposals from local historians, academics, postgraduate students, and anyone with a scholarly interest in the history of trade in London for engaging and accessible talks or presentations of around 20-25 minutes.

Proposals comprising an abstract of no more than 500 words should be sent, preferably via e-mail, to John Price or via the Department of History, Goldsmiths University of London, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW.

The closing date for proposals is Monday 9 April 2018. Speakers will be selected and contacted by the end of May 2017.

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University of Hertfordshire Professional Doctorate in Heritage

DHeritage, the University of Hertfordshire's unique Professional Doctorate in Heritage, is now in its fourth year. The programme enables heritage professionals working in the public and private sectors to reflect on the industry, broadly defined, and make an original contribution to knowledge and understanding in the field based on their professional practice.

Applications for the 2018/19 academic year are now being accepted. The deadline is 28 May for a September 2018 start.

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British Records Association new prize

The British Records Association is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a new prize, in memory of archivist Janette Harley (1951-2015). Janette was devoted to the BRA, which was a significant help to her during her early career. She remained a member throughout her life. At her death her family fulfilled her wish to bequeath a substantial sum to BRA. This new prize is intended to generate interest in archives, and raise awareness of research and achievements in the world of archives.

An annual prize of £350 will be awarded to individuals or organisations for the best/most original piece of work published in a monograph, journal or magazine, or otherwise made publicaly available (such as a blog), which has promoted "the preservation, understanding, accessibility or study of archives", the aims of the BRA.

Applications are welcomed from individuals, on their own behalf or on behalf of others, and from representatives of organisations. The prize will be available to anyone, including archivists, local historians, academics, genealogists and conservators.

Applicants must submit for consideration a specific peice of work which has been published or is available in the public domain (such as a blog), during the past three years (i.e. from 2015 onwards).

The deadline for applications for the inaugural prize is 30 June 2018. The prize will be awarded in October 2018.

Please visit the British Records Association website at the following link for further details on submitting an application:

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RBS becomes a DPC member

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) welcomes RBS Archives as its newest Associate Member this week. 

RBS Archives manages the archive holdings of RBS and around 250 constituent and predecessor companies dating from the 1660s to the present day. In 2015 RBS Archives was the first business archive in Scotland to be awarded UK-wide Archive Service Accreditation status, and two of their collections are inscribed in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register, in recognition of their national, international and cultural significance.

“We have been acquiring born-digital records for permanent preservation for over a decade and the team are looking to enhance, widen and develop our digital preservation programme in line with best practice,” explains RBS Head of Archives and Art, Ruth Reed.

“Through membership of the DPC and collaboration with other DPC members we hope to significantly improve our own professional and institutional knowledge, expertise and practice in the field of digital curation and to share our experience with other members.”

“We are delighted that RBS Archives has joined the DPC,” says Chair of the DPC Board and Head of Data Division for STFC, Juan Bicarregui. “RBS have always been active in the business archives community, so we are very pleased to have an opportunity collaborate with them on their preservation activities and to gain a new perspective on managing digital assets within a corporate environment.”

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BAC increase cataloguing grant

The BAC has announced that it has increased its annual cataloguing grant for business collections to £4000 in 2018. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value.

The grant opens on 03 April 2018 and the deadline for applications is 25 June 2018.

Previous applicants are welcome to re-apply.  Please note that the BAC will not award a grant to the same institution within three years. This grant is administrated separately from the BAC cataloguing grant for business archives related to the Arts, which will be announced in due course.

Find out more about the grant criteria and how to apply here

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