BAC News: Archive for 2017

Archives Accreditation workshops to be held in January 2018

The Archive Service Accreditation Standard is currently undergoing a light-touch review. Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan Associates have been appointed to conduct the review on behalf of the partners - The Archives and Records Association (UK and Ireland), the Archives and Records Council Wales (ARCW), The National Archives, National Records of Scotland, The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), the Scottish Council on Archives, and the Welsh Government. The Review looking at the effectiveness of the application process and associated documentation through the experiences of practitioners. 

As part of this work two workshops for services that have yet to apply for Accreditation will be held. This includes those services with a specific submission deadline in mind be it next 12 months or 10 years’ time, services who would like to make an application but have no specific deadline in mind, and those services which do not intend to apply for Accreditation at all. The workshop will be exploring the motivations for making or not making applications, concerns and aspirations around Accreditation and identify potential improvements to the process and its documentation.  

The workshops will be relevant to staff who either make the decision as to whether the service will apply or who are responsible for pulling together the specific application.

The workshops will be held:  

  • London:  Wednesday 17th January 11am-3pm, Theatres Trust Resource Centre, 22 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0QL
  • Edinburgh: Tuesday 23 January, 11.30am -3.30pm, National Records of Scotland, General Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh

Lunch is included.

The outcomes of these workshops will be really important for informing the development of the Standard. If you would like to attend or have any questions please contact, Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan: elizabeth@ELIZABETHOC.CO.UK 

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eabh annual meeting June 2018

The eabh 2018 Annual Meeting will take place 14-15 June, in Torino, Italy. In cooperation with Fondazione 1563 per l'Arte e la Cultura della Compagnia di San Paolo the conference topic is Social aims of finance: exploring alternative business forms for durable and financial services. See the call for papers. The workshop's focus will be 'Good' archives and is designed for financial institutions' archivists, researchers and potental users and will reflect on the legacy of the social purposes that inspired the origins of many financial institutions and the role banks and finance played in society. See the call for papers.

 

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Book now for DPC 'What I Wish I Knew Before I Started' student conference 2018

The Digital Preservation Coalition, with support from CoSector at the University of London, the ARA, IRMS, Arkivum, Preservica, and Mirror Web, is pleased to invite students, researchers and new professionals in archives, records management and librarianship to a one day conference on practical workplace skills in digital preservation. This conference will bring a select group of leading practitioners together with the next generation of archivists, records managers and librarians to discuss the challenges of digital collections management and digital preservation.

This conference will:

  • Provide participants with a core grounding in applied digital preservation
  • Provide an overview of emerging trends in digital preservation
  • Present practical examples of the sorts skills that employers are looking from in staff working in digital preservation
  • Present role models of practitioners whose careers have taken them to leading positions in digital preservation
  • Allow delegates to question practitioners about their day-to-day work and the skills that they reply upon

Find out more and how to book on the DPC website.

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Book now for DPC briefing day entitled 'Good Practice Takes Practice: Certification and Accreditation for Digital Preservation'

Book now for The Digital Preservation Coalition briefing day entitled 'Good Practice Takes Practice: Certification and Accreditation for Digital Preservation' in London on 9th January 2018.

Registration is open now

This workshop will examine practical experience with archive accreditation which, since 2017, has involved an explicit component derived in turn from the NDSA levels of Digital Preservation. It will also introduce and explore important developments in the Data Seal of Approval and World Data System which were relaunched and revised in 2017 as the new Core Trust Seal for Trustworthy Data Repositories. It will introduce the ‘Nestor Seal’, a preservation certification based on DIN31644 and offered as a paid for service through nestor and the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. A central consideration in the discussions will be the development of consistent frameworks for continuous quality improvement in the management of digital collections. This theme might be summarized as ‘good practice takes practice’.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £275 for non-members. To check if your organization qualifies for free attendance, please check the DPC Member List. If you have any questions about registration please contact sarah.middleton@dpconline.org. The briefing days usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £275 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

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UNESCO Memory of the World - call for nominations to the UK Register

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme seeks to encourage the preservation of, access to and awareness of the world’s documentary heritage. An important part of the Programme is its Registers, which recognise documentary heritage of outstanding significance. Successful inscriptions have been able to use this prestigious award in funding bids, to raise awareness of documentary heritage, and to improve the management of collections.

Nominations are now being invited for inscriptions to the UK Register in 2018. Any organisation or individual may make a submission for any form of documentary heritage for which they are responsible. The key criteria is that the heritage is of outstanding significance to the UK.

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BAC conference 2017 programme now available

This year's BAC conference, Change the Record, will be held on Tuesday 21st November at The News Building, London. Hosted by Harper Collins, the day will look at how the record has changed and the impact this has had, both in terms of management and use.

The programme is now available to download. For more information on speakers and how to book take a look at the conference page. Bookings close on 14th November.

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DPC advocacy event

Registration is now open for the Digital Preservation Coalition's first ‘Advocating for Digital Preservation’ training event, to be held at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologist’s Hall in London on Monday 4th December.

Attendees are invited to join this day-long training session with Communications professional and MD of DHR Communications, Catherine Heaney. With over 20 years’ experience in the fields of media relations, politics, public affairs and management, Catherine has an excellent understanding of the heritage and culture space in Ireland. She has provided communications training to senior politicians, business leaders and heads of institutions, as well as internal communications and advocacy training to members of the Archives and Records Association. Catherine is also chairperson of the National Museum of Ireland and until 2014, served on the board of the Heritage Council.

This one-day training workshop will provide attendees with skills and ideas for identifying stakeholders and champions required to affect change, ways to showcase digital preservation as an indispensable service for their organisation and resources to help support their organisational advocacy activities.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £50 for non-members. The workshops usually fill up quickly, so early registration is recommended. Cancellations will be accepted until one week before the event, a 'no show' fee of £50 will be charged for those who cancel after this time.

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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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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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'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 https://www.britishrecordsassociation.org.uk

 

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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.

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BAC conference booking now open

Change the Record

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 conference will be held a Harper Collins, 1 London Bridge Street, London on Tuesday 21st November, and will be followed by the Wadsworth prize for Business History.

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TWA Digitisation Grant 2017 winners revealed

After receiving over 100 applications from local authority and business archives, libraries and museums (a new record), TownsWeb Archiving has announced the winners of its 2017 Digitisation Grant.

This year’s winner is Dorset History Centre with its project to preserve the deteriorating Graham Herbert Collection; a unique 7000-strong collection of photographic negatives taken by the eponymous local Weymouth photographer between 1953 and 1983. Dorset History Centre wins the primary grant of £5000 funding, provided in the form of TWA digitisation services.

The 2017 runner up prize of £2000 went to Birmingham Museums Trust, to support their project to digitise the Birmingham History Trade Documents Collection. The collection offers an unmatched insight into the city’s commercial history, featuring trade catalogues, advertisements, correspondence and other documents.

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BAC Cataloguing Grant winner announced

The 2017 BAC cataloguing grant has been awarded to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust (BMIHT) for the archive of Lucas Industries, a Birmingham-based manufacturer of motor and aerospace components. Lucas was a leading supplier of electrical equipment to the British motor industry for nearly 100 years and – together with notable subsidiaries such as CAV, Girling and Rotax – played a major role in the development of the motor car, commercial vehicle and aircraft industries.

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Digital Preservation Coalition programme of events

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is now sharing its porgramme of events for the coming year. The activities reflect issues pertaining to the current and shifting digital preservation landscape, and aim to provide the information and skills to respond positively and effectively.

Download the prospectus from the DPC website.

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The Museums Association Annual Conference & Exhibition, November 2017

The Museums Association (MA) Annual Conference & Exhibition will take place in Manchester on 16-18 November 2017.   

The MA conference is a great opportunity to think creatively, engage with colleagues and develop new skills. The themes this year are on Audiences, Collections and Workforce. Delegates will have the opportunity to debate and discuss big ideas with colleagues from around the UK and internationally. The event is packed with thought-provoking sessions and networking opportunities.


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eabh call for papers - Big Data

eabh is inviting submissions for its next workshop The data dilemma: a risk or asset? Data about the finance sector is growing exponentially and storing it is becoming easier. Businesses are excited about the commercial possibilities of 'Big Data'; academics are relishing the research potential of deep data archives and regulators are hoping for a fuller view of systematic risk and stability. Will it all turn out well though? The current reality of massive data stores is often no more than massive cost and complexity. This workshop will explore how we got here with data and where we go next. Ultimately, can a meeting of business, academics and regulators resolve the data dilemma and find a way to turn a risk into an asset?

The workshop will take place on 10 November 2017 in Zagreb. For more information about the workshop and how to submit a paper please take a look at the flyer.

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UNESCO Memory of the World - call for nominations to the UK Register

UNESCO’s Memory of the World Programme seeks to encourage the preservation of, access to and awareness of the world’s documentary heritage. An important part of the Programme is its Registers, which recognise documentary heritage of outstanding significance. Successful inscriptions have been able to use this prestigious award in funding bids, to raise awareness of documentary heritage, and to improve the management of collections.

Nominations are now being invited for inscriptions to the UK Register in 2018. Any organisation or individual may make a submission for any form of documentary heritage for which they are responsible. The key criteria is that the heritage is of outstanding significance to the UK.

Applications should be made by submitting the official application form along with specified supporting documentation. Find the form and guidance here: https://www.unesco.org.uk/apply-to-the-memory-of-the-world-register-uk-international/.

All enquiries should made to Matthew McMurrary (Secretary) at Matthew.McMurray@royalvoluntaryservice.org.uk, or Elizabeth Oxborrow-Cowan (Chair) at Elizabeth@elizabethoc.co.uk.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 31 January 2018. Applicants will be notified of the outcome in May 2018 and inscriptions will be publicly presented in June 2018 at a formal awards ceremony.

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Boots launches online archive catalogue

Boots has launched its online archive catalogue meaning researchers can now begin to explore the heritage collections held by the UK's leading pharmacy retailer. As part of a project generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, the first tranche of records is now available. It will be followed by further releases each May over the next four years. Browse the catalogue using the following link:

http://archives.walgreensbootsalliance.com/default.aspx

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TWA Digitisation Grant 2017

The TWA Digitisation Grant is being offered again in 2017. This year the fund offers grants of up to £5000 to support UK archives in digitising their collections. Bids are welcome from business archives; as well as public, private, local authority and charity archives based in the UK. 

The Grant can be used to fund the digitisation of bound books, manuscripts, oversize maps and plans, 35mm slides, microfilm/fiche, glass plate negatives, and other two-dimensional cultural heritage media. It can also be used to fund opening up access to heritage collections online.

The deadline for applications is 7th July 2017.

Find out how to apply and read more details at: https://www.townswebarchiving.com/twa-digitisation-grant/ 

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DPC event on preserving emails

The next Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) briefing day 'Email Preservation: How Hard Can it Be?' will be held on 6 July at The National Archives, Kew, London. In partnership with the Andrew W Mellon Foundation the day will explore emerging technologies and tools used to ensure that email can be preserved as a record for the long term. It will introduce and review the work so far of the US-based 'Task Force on Technical Approaches to Email Preservation'.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £275 for non-members. To find out more about the topics the briefing will cover and to book a place take a look at the DPC website.

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DPC Briefing Day: 'Halcyon On and On: Emulating to Preserve'

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) are holding a briefing day on emulation in York on 22 June 2017. Emulation has steadily grown in acceptance as a key tool in ensuring access to digital data. It's strength lies in recreating some of the original context in which digital data was first created and accessed and its ideal for addressing complex interactive content. But it's also seen as a complicated, technical and often confusing approach. So what is emulation? How does it work? How can you put it into practice? And where will this technology take us in the future? Halcyon On and On: Emulating to Preserve seeks to answer these and many more questions on this rich preservation topic.

Registration is free for members of the DPC and £275 for non-members. There is a limit of 3 places per member (incl. consortia and membership organisations) and these will be available on a 'first come, first served' basis. Additional registrations will be accepted but will be placed on the wait list until registration closes a week before the event, at which time they will be distributed equally amongst members.

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BAC Bursary for Business History Research 2017

The BAC Bursary for Business History Research 2017 is now open for applications. As a result of the generosity of Sir Peter Thompson, former Chairman of the National Freight Corporation, and the Wellcome Foundation, the BAC has instituted a trust fund, the income from which is used to offer annually a bursary to help an individual to further their research into business history through the study of specific business archives. In 2017 the value of the award will be up to £1000.

All applications should be received by midnight 18 June 2017.

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BAC cataloguing grant for the arts now open for applications

The BAC cataloguing grant relating to the arts is now open for applications.

This year the Business Archives Council (BAC) will once again offer a £3000 cataloguing grant for business collections relating to the arts. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives 
  • reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value 
  • create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections 
  • make more arts-related business collections accessible

The deadline for applications is 27 July 2017.

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Archives Unlocked - new TNA vision and action plan

At the end of March, The National Archives (TNA) launched a new vision and action plan to help archives work to secure their future. Read more about the launch on TNA's website.

The BAC has been involved in the development of this vision and Archives Unlocked includes a case study on the John Lewis Partnership Archives and a 'think piece' on archives and economic growth by BAC Chair Mike Anson. Read the document on TNA's website.

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John Armstrong - obituary

The Council greatly regrets to report the death of John Armstrong, a former Hon Editor and Hon Treasurer of the BAC, on 12 February 2017 at the age of 72. John had been unwell for some time but he remained a strong supporter of the BAC and his positive outlook never failed.

Read an obituary by Terry Gourvish and Edwin Green.

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Registration is now open for the 2017 ‘Getting Started with Digital Preservation’ workshops (registration closes on 26th April)

The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is delighted to invite you to join them at a workshop which will equip collection managers, archivists, librarians and conservators with the skills necessary for ‘Getting Started in Digital Preservation.' This day-long introduction assumes no prior knowledge except a willingness to engage with digital preservation. Through a series of presentations, case studies and exercises, participants will learn how to apply techniques of assessment, risk management and planning to help secure their digital collections.

Workshops will be held on the following dates: John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, 3 May; Information Technologists’ Hall, London, 17 May; and Palace Green Library, University of Durham, 20 July. Registration is free for members of the DPC and £50 for non-members.

Find out more about the events and register via the DPC website: http://bit.ly/EventsDPC

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BAC cataloguing grant open for applications

The BAC cataloguing grant is now open for applications.

This year the Business Archives Council (BAC) will once again offer a £3000 cataloguing grant for business collections. The aim of the grant is to fund the cataloguing of a business collection in either the private or public sector, and to:

  • provide financial support for institutions/businesses that manage business archives 
  • reach collections that have not yet been prioritised but have potential academic or socio-historical value 
  • create opportunities for archivists or para-professionals/volunteers to gain experience in listing business collections 
  • increase access to business collections

The deadline for applications is 26 June 2017.

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Call for papers for 'The Post Office in the Telecommunications Age'

Call for papers for The Post Office in the Telecommunications Age, a workshop which will explore the history of the British Post Office from its monopolisation of the telegraph service in 1869 under control of the state until the privatisation of the telecommunications business as British Telecom. The workshop will take place at The Science Museum on 31 August 2017. Registration will be free.

Proposals for papers twenty-minute in length, no more than 350 words, together with the name and institutional affiliation of the speaker should be sent to Jacob Ward at jacob.ward.12@ucl.ac.uk. The closing date for submissions is 1st May 2017.

The workshop is convened by PhD candidates Rachel Boon, University of Manchester, Alice Haigh, University of Leeds, and Jacob Ward, UCL, in conjunction with The Science Museum.

For more information on the workshop take a look at the Royal Historical Society event page.

 

 

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A2SN conference 21 and 22 April 2017

A2SN's next conference will be held on 21 and 22 April at Sir Richard Arkwright’s Cromford Mills, Mill Lane, Cromford, Matlock. Interpretations of the Past will explore our understandings of the past and the methods by which we interpret them to a modern audience in educational and community contexts. Speakers include Abby Mathews, Project Officer of "The Past on Glass Project" based at Sutton Archives and Dr Cath Feely, University of Derby and one of her students showing how archives are used to teach about Victorian Slums. To find out more includig details on booking take a look at the A2SN website: http://www.a2sn.org.uk/

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Aviva digital exhibition launched

Aviva have launched a new public interactive digital display on a giant screen at the company's Marble Hall in Norwich city centre. Following four months of research the display hosts more than 1,000 images, 750 facts and videos showcasing Aviva's 320 years of history.

A digital timeline of Aviva's history can be found on its website:

http://heritage.aviva.com/timeline/

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2015 ICA - SBA conference proceedings now published

The proceedings of the 2015 International Conference on Archives, Section on Business Archives has now been published by Hoepli. The conference took place in Milan in June 2015 with the theme Creating the Best Business Archives: Achieving a Good Return on Investment.

Details can be found on the publisher's website.

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ALISS visit the Sainsbury Archive

The Assoication of Librarians and Information professionals in Social Sciences (ALISS) will be visiting the Sainsbury Archive based at the Museum of London Docklands on West India Quay, E14. The Sainsbury Archive houses a unique collection of documents, objects and photographs and film charting the history of the supermarket since 1869.

The visit will take place on 11th April 2-3.30pm and will encompass a presentation on the history of the Sainsbury company, a display and a tour of the gallery and archive store.

There is no charge for aliss members and £5 for non members. To  reserve a place please contact: Heather Dawson ALISS Secretary h.dawson@lse.ac.uk LSE Library 10 Portugal Street WC2A 2HD Read more

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. 

Click to find out more and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/procuring-digital-preservation-a-briefing-tickets-31962236911

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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:

https://www.henley.ac.uk/events/a-reception-to-celebrate-the-launch-of-the-woolworths-archive-at-the-university-of-reading

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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 (www.bl.uk/nls) 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 www.bl.uk/events/national-life-stories-lecture-2017-david-kynaston.

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Nationwide launches advert inspired by history

'Building the building society' is a poem by Jo Bell that was inspired by Nationwide's history and mortgages for ordinary people. It forms the basis of a new television advertisement, part of the building society's Voices campaign. Take a look.

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Aye Preserve - DPC meeting

How can we make sure we can access our important digital data in the future? The challenge of managing and preserving all this digital ‘stuff’ affects us all. Come along the Digital Preservation Coalition's first meeting of ‘Aye Preserve’ on Monday 27th February 13:00-17:00 at the University of Glasgow.

Visit the Registration page for more details and to register for this free event.

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A2SN conference 2017 booking now open

The Archives and Artefacts Study Network (A2SN) 2017 conference Interpretations of the Past will be held on 21st and 22nd April 2017. The conference will explore understandings of the past and the methods by which the past is interpreted to a modern audience in education and community contexts. It will be hosted by The Arkwright Society at The Derwent Valley Mills, the scene of the first industrial revolution. Download the flyer and booking form.

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Studentships in the history of consumer goods industries at the Centre for International Business History, Reading University

Reading’s Centre for International Business History (CIBH) welcomes applications for Ph.D study in all aspects of the history of consumer goods industries, including fast moving goods, clothing and fashion sectors, consumer durables, housing, and personal transport.

CIBH is able to consider applicants for fully-funded research studentships.

For further details, please contact Peter Scott (p.m.scott@reading.ac.uk).

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