The Archives and Artefacts Study Network will be holding their 2014 annual workshop at Armley Mills Industrial Museum in Leeds on 16th and 17th May 2014. The theme of the workshop is 'The Industrious Fabric of Leeds'. Find out more.Read more
BAC News: Archive for 2013
On Thursday 10 July and Friday 11 July 2014, a workshop on the First World War’s impact on international business will take place in the City of London. CFP: Armageddon and Mammon: the Impact of the First World War on International Business is looking for contributors. Themes might be addressed include: crisis management; short and/or long run impacts; organizational and managerial change; Innovation and entrepreneurship; international political economy; business strategy. Find out more.Read more
'On the map? Exploring British Travel Archives'
To mark the centenary of the foundation of the Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Records Service (BLARS) in 1913, the Annual Conference of the British Records Association is taking place this year at the Bedford Corn Exchange on Tuesday 3 December 2013. The subject this year is travel and there is an exciting diversity of speakers and range of topics. During the lunch break delegates will be invited to visit the BLRS's centenary exhibition of archives at the nearby Higgins Museum and Gallery. Further details of the event on the website of the British Records Association http://www.britishrecordsassociation.org.uk/pages/events.htmRead more
Between September 2011 and March 2013 The National Archives, in partnership with the Business Archives Council, conducted a survey of the surviving records of the architectural, building and construction sectors. These sectors had been identified as being poorly documented in terms of their archives and survey work was carried out by the Resource Discovery Officer, Annabel Welsh. The results of the survey were fed, where practicable, into the National Register of Archives. A steering committee of experts and representatives of interested bodies met during the period to consider broader issues and to provide advice and expertise. Access to the report, on The National Archives website, can be obtained using the link beneath.Read more
Since 2009, as part of the National Strategy for Business Archives, a group of seven business archivists and historians has monitored corporate administrations, liquidations and takeovers where records were thought to be at risk. In the period since, there have been roughly fifty cases where the team has taken action.
One of the most high-profile was the case of the electrical retailer Comet, which went into administration in November 2012. A swift and co-ordinated response by the team, aided by Hull City Archives and an employee within the company itself, helped to ensure that records of this significant company were safely secured and deposited. Hull City Archives has published an item on its website which gives more details about the company and the content of the collection. To read it, follow the link below.Read more
Trustees and members of the BAC will be speaking at Jamaican Hidden Histories Heritage Lottery Funded project event run by Full Spectrum Productions. Karen Sampson and Richard Wiltshire will highlight the importance of community business archives and provide one to one advice with assistance from Lorna Williams. The event will be attended by the Jamaican High Commissioner featuring music and much more and will be held on Saturday 26 October 2013 at London Metropolitan Archives. For further details and links to booking information see http://jamaicahiddenhistories.com/Read more
The BAC is now accepting payments via PayPal on a trial basis until the end of 2013. We hope this will offer more flexibility to members, especially those based outside the UK. To pay via paypal please visit http://www.businessarchivescouncil.org.uk/contact/pay_with_paypal. If the item you wish to buy is not listed, then please contact us via the enquiry form as we may be able to add it.
As this is trial, feedback is welcome.Read more
Show me the money! – Securing Funding for Business Archive Projects
This year’s conference will be held on Thursday 7th November 2013 at the Boots Archive, Thane Road, Nottingham, United Kingdom, NG90 4XY.
The aim of the conference is to look at funding for business archive collections in various institutions.
Find out more including the full programme. Don't miss out on the early bird rate!Read more
The journals back to 1965 can now be accessed online by everyone. Click below to access the database:
The most current journal articles are only accessible to BAC members from the members’ area of the BAC website. To find out how to join the BAC please see the join us section of the website.Read more
The Business Archives Council is delighted to announce the winners of the new BAC cataloguing grant for business archives related to the arts, 2013.
An impressive set of applications were received by the July deadline, representing a variety of collections and localities in the United Kingdom.
The judging panel decided that two applicants were particularly good and so exceptionally, on behalf of the BAC, has awarded two grants of £2000, one to IRIE! Dance Theatre for the cataloguing of their performance collection, and one to Pentabus Theatre for the cataloguing of their company records.
Find out more about the two winners.Read more
The ARA Section for Business Records invites you to contribute articles to the next ARC Business Records Special Issue, due in December.
We would like to hear from you about new projects, latest developments, events, hidden collections, or any other business archives related issues.
Please send the articles and images by the end of September to
The Business Archives Council is delighted to announce the winning applicant of the BAC cataloguing grant for business archives for 2013: West Sussex Record Office for the cataloguing of The Hornung Papers. Launched in April 2010, the grant is in support of the National Strategy for Business Archives. The Council intends to make the grant available annually during strategy implementation, 2010-2015.Read more
The Archives and Records Association http://www.archives.org.uk/ seeks to support all those who work in archives, records management and conservation environments. It also seeks to ensure that its membership and the users whom it serves reflect the diversity of our society.
With this in mind the ARA Diversity Working Group is issuing two short surveys as part of its current initiative to build up its base of evidence and knowledge about diversity, and specifically disability, in the sector.Read more
The Museums Association Conference & Exhibition 2013 takes place at the BT Convention Centre, Liverpool on 11-12 November. It is the largest conference and exhibition for museums and heritage professionals in Europe. Over 1,500 senior staff discuss the latest issues, discover new practice and meet the world’s leading suppliers and consultants.
To find out more and to book your place, visit: www.museumsassociation.org/conferenceRead more
The 'Guide to Business Archives: Unlock the riches of the archives of London commerce and trade with the world' is a comprehensive A-Z of company names and individuals for which substantive catalogued business records are held by the London Metropolitan Archives. There are two associated indexes – a trade subject index and a geography index for where companies operated outside the UK. There is also an introduction to how the guide works.
This resource will truly help users unlock and access the extensive collections in LMA’s care. For more information and to view the full guide visit the LMA website.
The Association of Business Historians 21st Annual Conference, Business History in the 21st Cetury will be held on 28-29 June, 2013 hosted by Lancashire Business School and the Lancashire Institute for Economic and Business Research.Read more
Anyone interested in business history or archives should attend this year’s Oral History Society annual conference, which focuses on corporate oral histories, titled Corporate Voices: Institutional and Organisational Oral Histories. The conference, which takes place on 5th to 6th July at the University of Sussex, will explore the hidden histories of organisations, including private companies, public institutions, hospitals, universities, museums and charities.
To find out more go to the Oral History Society's website.Read more
In support of the National Strategy for Business Archives, the Business Archives Council (BAC) is delighted to announce that it is once again offering a cataloguing grant for business collections.
We envisage that the £2000 grant will be used over the equivalent of a 4-week period to fund an archive intern or temporary staff member (under professional supervision) to catalogue a discrete collection of business records. This can either be a detailed catalogue of a small collection or a top-level catalogue of a more substantial collection. Grant recipients should provide the BAC with an article for its newsletter, and the catalogue should be made available to the National Register of Archives (published by The National Archives).
Find out more about the application process.Read more
The Archives and Artefacts Study Network and The City of London Corporation present The Beating Heart of London's Business: a two day conference exploring company archives and artefacts - their uses and users to be held on 12th and 13th April 2013 at London Metropolitan Archives and Museum of London Docklands.
Take a look at the programme.Read more
The European Association for Banking and Financial History (EABH) e.V. will be holding its 2013 Annual Conference on 7-8 June in Warsaw. The theme will be Foreign Financial Institutions and National Financial Systems.
Find out more on the EABH website.
In conjunction with the 2013 Annual Conference there will be a workshop with the theme The Roles of Archives, Museums and Other Learning Centres in Promoting Financial Education.
Find out more on the EABH website.Read more
Crises, Credibility and Corporate History
The Section on Business and Labour Archives (SBL) within the International Council on Archives (ICA) is pleased to announce its annual Seminar : "Crises, Credibility and Corporate History: tackling the archive’s conflict between scientific history and marketing", which will be held in Basel, Switzerland, on 14-16 April 2013.
Further details are available from the ICA websiteRead more