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Free workshop on Shipbuilding Records at the Maritime Museum

The Caird Library at The National Maritime Museum is pleased to announce a free workshop on working with shipbuilding records on 28 October 2019. 

As records of the British shipbuilding industry can encompass vast swathes of material, from core business records to technical drawings, photographs to digital records, the challenge of how to appraise, catalogue and make these available to the public can often be daunting. 

The workshop aims to address these issues with speakers bringing their experiences and insights to the day, and attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss how they have addressed these challenges in order to form the basis of a toolkit on how to manage records of shipbuilding.


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Sporting Heritage Summit, 23/24 October 2019, Cardiff

Book your place for the Sporting Heritage event of the year!

This year's Sporting Heritage Summit programme has now been announced, so if you are thinking of attending don't delay as places are limited. You can view the amazing two day programme at the following link: 

The conference draws together individuals from across the sector including sports clubs, governing bodies, museums, archives, schools, universities, and community groups.

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Winner of 2019 Cataloguing Grant announced

BAC Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives 2019

The judging panel for this year's Cataloguing Grant for Business Archives was impressed with the variety of records of firms represented from across the UK. After individual scoring and joint deliberation, they decided to present the award to Northern Ballet Limited. The Northern Ballet Archive is a rare example with a wide range of record types. The organisation’s growth and development over 50 years is documented, from inception as a regional company to becoming an arts business of national significance. The records provide a valuable insight into social, cultural and economic shifts affecting the business itself and the wider arts sector outside London (where ballet companies have been traditionally concentrated). 

Northern Ballet began life as Northern Dance Theatre when it was set up in 1969 by dramatic dancer Laverne Meyer. The Company launched with 11 dancers and a budget of £10,500. It strived to develop new audiences and quickly achieved a loyal following in the North of England. 

In 1976 the Company renamed itself Northern Ballet Theatre (NBT), with the focus being as much on the ‘theatre’ as on the ‘ballet.’ In a relatively small UK theatre circuit, which included a number of classical ballet companies, NBT held a unique role, and the Company’s theatrical and dramatic narratives attracted more new audiences to dance. In the 1980s and 1990s full-length productions such as, A Christmas Carol, The Brontës, Romeo & Juliet and Dracula won awards and were huge box office hits, making NBT one of the UK’s most successful touring companies.

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Call for papers for BAC Annual Conference 2019

Call for Papers ‘No Archive is an Island’: Connection and Collaboration in Business Archives’, Business Archives Council Conference 2019

Our 2019 conference, ‘No Archive is an Island’: Connection and Collaboration in Business Archives’ will take place on Wednesday 20 November 2019 at headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in London. The theme is collaboration in business archivesand we are delighted to invite submissions for this year's conference in the form of papers (up to 20 minutes).



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