BAC News: Archive for 2019

Wadsworth Prize winner announced

The BAC is proud to announce that the winners of the 2019 Wadsworth Prize for Business History are Priya Satia for her book Empire of Guns and Brian O'Sullivan From Crisis to Crisis.

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Bursaries available for our conference

We are delighted to announce that the BAC will be providing two bursaries for aspiring archives and records management professionals for this year's conference. In order to widen participation, for the first time this year, the bursary will cover free attendance to the conference and up to £100 towards travel costs on the day (we will not cover first class travel!)

In order to apply you must be:

  • Not already qualified as an archivist AND
  • interested in pursuing a career in archives or records management AND
  • you do NOT need to already be a member of the BAC.
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Booking now open for BAC 2019 Conference

'No Archive is an Island. Connection and Collaboration in Business Archives'

Booking is now open for our 2019 annual conference. Check out the programme and organise your booking here.

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Thomas Cook Archive update

Thomas Cook has entered Compulsory Liquidation and is now under the control of the Official Receiver The future of the corporate archive, which until earlier this year was managed in-house Thomas Cook’s archivist, is therefore at risk.

 The Crisis Management Team for Business Archives will be contacting the Official Receiver, KPMG LLP and Thomas Cook to keep communication channels open. 

The BAC needs your help to ensure our sector is in a position to respond where the archive requires a new home to ensure ongoing access and preservation. See how you can help...



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New publication 'Legal records at risk. A strategy for safeguarding our legal heritage.'

A brand new publication highlights the problems of preservation of archives in the legal sector and outlines a national strategy for such records. The report is the culmnation of a three-year stufy by Claire Cowling at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.

The publication is an open access publication and it's available to download from SAS Digital Humanities Library.

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Winner announced of the 2019 Grant for Business Archives related to Sport

BAC are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2019 Grant for Business Archives related to Sports is Falkirk Community Trust for cataloguing the archive collection of Falkirk Football Club

As a new award, the BAC was pleased to have received a number of applications with a very high standard of entries.  It was a difficult decision, but the panel felt that Falkirk’s cataloguing project would make a real difference, was achievable and realistic, and would lead to further projects and initiatives. 

Falkirk Community Trust is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status and was established by Falkirk Council.  On 1 July 2011, the company assumed responsibility for the management and operation of a range of community-facing sport, recreation, arts, heritage and library services.  As a not-for-profit organisation, they strive to support community aspirations and have a track record of working successfully with a wide range of partners to promote the benefits and impact of sport and physical activity.

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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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New case study published on the value of business archives

The University of Essex has published a new case study 'How John Lewis helped us prove the business value of archives.'

The case study shows how researchers and archivists can co-design projects that benefit both the academic researcher and the business.

Read all about it here

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BT joins the DPC

The DPC is delighted to announce that communications services provider BT has joined the Coalition as an Associate Member this month. 

“As we prepare to celebrate BT’s 175th anniversary in 2021, we are keen to ensure the ongoing legacy of BT as the world’s first communications provider and celebrate the innovation and technology that has kept the company at the forefront of communications since it was founded in 1846” explains Heritage Collections Manager, Anne Archer. “We look forward to benefitting from the expertise of the DPC’s members and team, as well as learning from the external perspectives and experiences of an impartial support network.”



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The 2019 TWA Heritage Digitisation Grant – Fund Increased

Building upon the success of previous years, TownsWeb Archiving is pleased to announce the TWA Digitisation Grant for 2019 will launch on the 19 June.

The fund for 2019 has increased, and now grants of up to £6000 will be offered for UK libraries and special collections, including business archives, to digitise their holdings. The judging panel will include: ARA chief executive - John Chambers; HLF appointed special advisor - Claire Adler; and senior digitisation consultant at TownsWeb Archiving - Paul Sugden.

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New workshop 'Counting on Reproducibility: Tangible Efforts and Intangible Assets'

Registration is now open for the DPC briefing day on financial planning for digital archives, to be held in Birmingham on 29 May 2019.

It has long been recognized that ‘resources’ are as important to digital preservation as ‘technology’ or ‘policy’: but whereas technical requirements and standards abound there is much less attention to modelling the financial requirements.  This question of resources is in two parts: the up-front costs of building and sustaining a digital preservation service, and the economic benefits that accrue from preservation.  Both are complex. 


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New Sports Grant now open!

The BAC is delighted to announce that their new grant to support archive collections related to Sport, is now OPEN!

This grant has taken over from the successful grant for business archives related to the arts, which has been in place since 2013.  As before, each grant is for £4000.

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Call for papers

The eabh in association with the Bank of Russia is hosting two exciting events in St Peterburg on 20 and 21 June 2019. The call for papers is now open.

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New cataloguing grant

The Business Archives Council is delighted to announce a new cataloguing grant for business archives relating to Sports.

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