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AfL Conference: Arts and London's Archives

Archives for London's (AfL) next conference will be held on Friday 20th October 2017 at London Metropolitan Archives. The day will take a look at art and London's archives with speakers from the Southbank Centre, the University of Westminster, the Royal Albert Hall, The National Archives, the Institute of Contemporary Arts/Barts NHS Health Trust, and The Wallace Collection.

See the full programme and details for booking on the AfL website.

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BAC 2017 conference - speakers announced

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.

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'Shops and Shopping in the Archives' - British Records Association annual conference

This years' British Records Association conference will be on the theme ‘Shops and Shopping in the archives: a nation of record keepers?’ It will be held on Thursday 30 November at 70 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EJ.

Speakers include Alan Crosby, Phil Lyon, Peter Scott, Jon Stobart, Shelley Tickell and Laura Ugolini, who will cover different aspects of shoppers and shopping  from the eighteenth century up to the present day, and consider the variety of sources used in their research.  There will also be discussion sessions of  archivists and historians on the preservation – or lack of it- of  records from the High Street and major department stores.

More details will be posted soon and a full programme and registration will be available via the BRA’s web site


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2017 winner of the BAC Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives related to the Arts announced

The Business Archives Council (BAC) is delighted to announce the winners of the BAC cataloguing grant for business archives related to the Arts, 2017. The Arts grant was launched in 2013 to support an under-represented area of business archives and to complement wider initiatives for archiving the arts by The National Archives and the Campaign for Voluntary Sector Archives.

As with previous years the judging panel was very impressed with the high standard of the applications that were received from across the country, but ultimately decided to present the award to Falmouth University for the cataloguing of the Kneehigh Theatre Archive.

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BAC conference busary applications open

The BAC is delighted to announce that we will be providing five bursaries for aspiring new archives and records management professionals to attend this year's annual conference.  

In order to apply you:

•       Do not need to be a member of the BAC

•       Must not be in full-time employment

•       Must be interested in pursuing a career in archives and records management

What the bursary means:

Attending the conference will be a fantastic chance for you to network and increase your profile in the sector, in addition to being a great opportunity to meet members of the BAC.  In return, we ask that all winners help out with tasks on the day - past bursary winners have helped to document the day by tweeting, taking photographs, or writing a short article for the BAC newsletter.

Find out how to apply.

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