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AGA History Channel launched

This month has seen AGA launch a history blog at the same time as its first AGA London shop in Spitalfields. Once again, new product development and innovation have been informed by an awareness of a rich heritage in history and archives. Visit the site for more information and look out for the downloadable publication AGA-Rayburn: A heart-warming story.

Posted on: Monday, 14th July 2014
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Business Archives Council Conference 2014

Let the Right One In? - Challenging Perceptions of Access to Business Archives

This years BAC conference will be held on Thursday 13th November 2014 at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.

The aim of the conference is to discuss ideas and issues around access to business archives. It is intended that the results of the conference will form a BAC policy statement on Access - a resource designed to assist managers, professionals and users in the field. Speakers this year include:

  • Maria Sienkiewicz, Barclays Group Archive
  • Christopher Hilton, Wellcome Library
  • Duncan Campbell-Smith, business historian
  • Kiara King, Ballast Trust
  • Rachael Griffin, Pentabus Theatre Company

The conference will be followed by drinks to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the BAC.

For more information and details on booking please visit the BAC website:

Posted on: Saturday, 12th July 2014
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25 years of coffee history

The revolution in coffee-drinking habits in recent years has introduced a number of well-known names to the British high street. There are also some successful companies that have taken part in that revolution but are not household names. You may be forgiven if you have not heard of Hatfield-based Mulmar, market leaders in the supply, installation, maintenance and service of espresso coffee machines. As the company celebrates the first 25 years of its existence, it has teamed up with the University of Hertfordshire to create a video which describes their development. Click on the link to view.

Posted on: Wednesday, 9th July 2014
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2014 UK Memory of the World Register

Nine further items and archival collections were recently added to the UK Memory of the World Register, in the fourth round of such inscriptions. They include two significant business collections:

  • The Neath Abbey Ironworks Collection comprises around 8,000 engineering drawings, 1792-1882, and illustrates the strength of the Welsh contribution to Britains industrial revolution. The collection is deposited with the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
  • The Royal Mail Archive is held by the British Postal Museum and Archive. With over 300 years of continuous history, it is one of the oldest business archives in the world and a unique source for the history of British stamp design.

For more information on these and other inscriptions follow the link:

Posted on: Monday, 30th June 2014
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Diageo opens £1.5 million new home for world's biggest brand archive

Diageo, the worlds leading premium drinks company, has opened the doors to a stunning new home for its alcohol brand archive at Menstrie in Scotland. The Diageo Archive was established in 1990 and holds more than half a million items and 405 years of history and heritage in brewing and distilling. Diageos brands include Johnnie Walker, Bushmills, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

For more on the opening follow this link

Posted on: Friday, 20th June 2014
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