BAC News: Archive for 2015

A2SN becomes a registered charity

On 15 December 2015 The Archives and Artefacts Study Network became a registered charity. A2SN is an informal group, supported by the HMRS, the Postal History Society and the British Transport Police History Group that seeks to explore and expand co-operation between volunteer-led societies, independent scholars, archivists, academics and museum professionals working in the heritage and business history fields. Find out more by taking a look at their website.

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Fundraising for archives

Fundraising for Archives is a fundraising skills development and training project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Catalyst programme. The National Archives is working in partnership with The Scottish Council on Archives, Public Records Office for Northern Ireland (PRONI), Museums Archives and Libraries Division Wales (MALD), and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) to deliver the project.

From early 2016 until December 2017 TNA will be using the £477,000 grant to reach 188 archives services across the UK offering mentoring and support to trainees and encouraging the development of a supportive learning network between group members.

Find out more and how to apply on TNA's website.

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eabh celebrates 25 years with two events

eabh is marking its 25 anniversary with two events to be held in January 2016 in Florence, Italy.

On 28 January 2016 a half-day workshop will be held to lay the ground work for an oral history project on European Finance.

Eurovision? The Initial Period of Europe's Monetary Union will be held on 29 January 2016 and aims to bring together financiers, politicians, lawyers and academics in a conversation on the Monetary Union.

Find out more about both events and details on booking on the eabh website.

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HSBC 150th anniversary films

As part of HSBC's 150th anniversary programme this year the HSBC Archives team has been involved in producing a series of films exploring some of the stories from the bank's past. To see business archives brought to life take a look at the first three on YouTube []. The remaining films will be released over the coming weeks, so keep checking back!

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Bursaries available for 2015 BAC conference

We are delighted to announce that the Business Archives Council will be providing five bursaries for the 2015 BAC Conference to be held on Tuesday 10th November at The Prudential Assurance Company Building in London.

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Booking now open for BAC 2015 conference

This year's Business Archives Council conference will be held on Tuesday 10th November at The Prudential Assurance Company Building, 138-142 Holborn Bars, London EC1N 2NQ. The aim of Hunter Gatherers: Collecting Today's Business Archives is to share, discuss and debate the variety of ways business archives are 'collected', in the broadest sense.

Find out more about the day and how to book.

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Manchester University Library wins the BAC Cataloguing Grant

The Business Archives Council is delighted to announce the winning applicant of the BAC cataloguing grant for business archives for 2015. Launched in April 2010, the grant is in support of the National Strategy for Business Archives.

A very impressive set of applications were received by the June deadline, representing a variety of business collections and localities in the United Kingdom. The judging panel on behalf of the Council has awarded the grant to the University of Manchester Library for Behind the Headlines: documenting the people in the Guardian Archive.

Find out more about the winning project.

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Obituary for Surr Carl Newton (1935-2014)

Carl Newton, who died in Eastbourne on Boxing Day 2014, was a leading proponent of good practice in records management in the UK. He was an influential and popular member of the Business Archives Council, especially during his time on the Executive Committee between 1979 and 1988, and his ideas and principles have made a lasting impression throughout the archives profession.

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Fees-only bursaries for the DHeritage

The University of Hertfordshire has two fees-only bursaries for the 2015/16 intake of the DHeritage, Professional Doctorate in Heritage.This broad-ranging, flexible qualification is aimed at professionals who work in or would like to work in the heritage sector.

For more information about how to apply download the information pdf.

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'No Colour Bar' exhibition

No Colour Bar: Black British Art in Action 1960-1990 is one of the most comprehensive exhibitions of Black British art in recent years. It features the works of over 60 artists, taking its inspiration from the archives of Jessica and Eric Huntley. Themes covered by the exhibition include identity, place, celebration, protest and activism.

The exhibition will run from 10 July 2015 to 24 January 2016 at the Guildhall Art Gallery, London.

Visit for more information.

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Celebrating Yorkshire's Industrial Heritage - funding workshop

To mark the 2015 European Year of Industrial and Technical Heritage HLF Yorkshire & the Humber are holding a workshop in July to highlight opportunities for groups to apply for funding to help protect, preserve and share industrial heritage. 

The morning aims to do the following:

- showcase successful industrial heritage projects 
- get people thinking about available resources
- highlight our small grants programmes

Place: Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, HD1 3DH
Date: 16 July 2015
Time: 10.30am - 12.30pm followed by the chance to talk to HLF Development Staff

Please email y& to book a place or for more information.

A draft agenda for the session is as follows:
10.30 Arrival
10.45 Welcome & Intro
10.55 Thinking wider about industrial heritage - where can you start
11.15 Heritage Quay object session & how to use an archive
11.40 Wider Industrial networks & supporting smaller groups
12.00 Developing a project and HLF funding
12.20 Questions

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Memory of the World Nominations now open

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.

Nominations are now being invited for inscriptions to the UK Register in 2016. 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 (found at along with specified supporting documentation. The closing date for applications is Friday 29 January 2016.

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SAVE THE DATE: BAC conference 2015, 10th Nov


Hunter Gatherers: Collecting Today's Business Archives 

This year's Business Archives Council conference will be held on Tuesday 10th November at The Prudential Assurance Company Building, 138-142 Holborn Bars, London EC1N 2NQ. 

The aim will be to share, discuss and debate the variety of ways business archives are 'collected', in the broadest sense. Speakers and contributors will cover a wide range of collecting and collections development activities, from records transfers to documentation initiatives and surveys, and from digital deposits to purchases. Also up for debate will be the implications and challenges of different collecting activities - including funding - for archives, depositors, historians and other users. 

The conference will be followed by a reception for the presentation of the BAC Wadsworth Prize for Business History, taking place nearby at Lloyds Banking Group, 25 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HN from 6 pm onwards. All conference delegates are most welcome to attend. 

More information about the programme and how to book your place will be made available soon. 

Please send any questions to conference organisers Bryony Leventhall and Owen Munday at:

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Negotiating Art: Dealers and Museums, 1855-2015 - call for papers

Negotiating Art: Dealers and Musuems, 1855-2015 is a two-day conference on the relations between art dealers and museums, organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with the University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool.

The inspiration for the conference is to celebrate the National Gallery's acquisition of the Thos. Agnew & Sons art dealers business archive. The conference will be held 1-2 April 2016 at the National Gallery. Papers should be submitted by 18 September 2015.

For more information see The National Gallery's website.

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The PRISM Fund 2015/16 is now open for applications

The PRISM Fund, which helps to support the acquisition and conservation of heritage objects from the fields of science, technology, industry and medicine, is now open for applications for 2015/16.

The fund was established in 1973 in response to the growing concern that technological change was resulting in the loss of much of Britain's industrial heritage. It has since gone on to help hundreds of non-national museums and preservation groups in England and Wales acquire or conserve thousands of objects of industrial or scientific importance.

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Minton Archive saved

One of the great archives of industrial Britain has been saved with help from the Arts Fund. The ceramics company, Minton's Ltd was founded in 1793 by Thomas Minton and operated into the 1990s. The Archive includes thousands of items including original designs, drawings and pattern books. As well as the records of Minton, the collection also includes items from Royal Doulton and other companies taken over by Royal Doulton over the course of the 20th century.

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Find out about A2SN 2015 events

Find out more about The Archives and Artefacts Newtork on their website. The programme for this year's conference “Exploring the Project Based Economy” to be held 29-30th March at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has recently been uploaded.

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Barclays history goes online

Barclays Group Archives have launched a new resource, making thousands of items from the archives freely available online. These include branch photographs, advertising material, annual reports and a selection of other weird and wonderful items amassed over the years. The website also includes a wealth of information on Barclays history around the world, and will be of interest to serious scholars, casual browsers and Barclays employees alike. 

Based in Manchester, the Barclays archive has been accessible to visitors, by appointment, for the last 25 years. This initiative brings the collection to a worldwide audience for the first time, opening up a treasure trove of history.

The Barclays Group Archive website can be seen at

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2015 eabh Annual Meeting

The 2015 eabh annual general meeting Inflation in History will be held on 14-15 May at the Czech National Bank, CNB Congress Centre in cooperation with the Czech National Bank and the Czech Banking Association. The objective of the meeting is to find out what is new about inflation. Can historical instances of inflation provide tools for a better understanding of modern developments? Should present day monetary authorities and decision takers be aware of these lessons as they cope with the challenges for the global enconomy?

Follow the link for the programme and registration:

14-15 May 2015
Czech National Bank, CNB Congress Centre
Senovážné náměstí 30 , 115 03 Praha 1, Czech Republic
eabh in cooperation with the Czech National Bank and the Czech Banking Association
In this meeting we want to gain a better understanding of what is actually available in financial institutions' archives, and to identify promising areas for future research or action. The objective is to look at what is new about inflation. Can historical instances of inflation provide tools for a better understanding of modern developments? Should present day monetary authorities and decision takers be aware of these lessons as they cope with the challenges for the global economy?
Programme & Registration:
Questions? Please contact:

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A2SN announces workshop

The Archive and Artefacts Study Network (A2SN) announces a workshop titled “Exploring Archives” to be held on 18th and 19th June, 2015 at The Museum of English Rural Life and the University of Reading.  The programme and booking form can be downloaded from 

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Museums and Communities Today

The Public History Convenors Group (Institute of Historical Research) in conjunction with the Science Museum, the National Museums and Galleries Heads of Research and the AHRC have organised a special event to discuss the ways that museums, galleries, libraries and archives have been working with many kinds of communities to tell new kinds of stories about collections, linking personal stories into the fabric of museum displays and the stories of objects.

Museums and Communities Today: Opportunities of the AHRC 'Connected Communities' Theme will be held on 3rd February 2015, 18.14-20.30 at the Science Museum Director's Suite (Director's Entrance).

Find out more including details on booking.

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