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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:


Posted on: Tuesday, 7th February 2017
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Appeal to catalogue textile archives

The Friends of Lancashire Archives are seeking £12,000 to complete the cataloguing of the important collection of Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd. The firm of cotton spinners and manufacturers grew out of a business established by John Horrocks in 1791. Horrockses were not only a significant company in their own right, styling themselves “The Greatest Name in Cotton”, they were employers on a scale that shaped the character of Preston.

To find out more about the company, the appeal and how to support it, follow the link.

Posted on: Tuesday, 7th February 2017
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John Rylands Library acquires ICI Dyestuffs Division archive

Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), formed in 1926 by the merger of a number of British chemical  companies, was for a long time the largest manufacturer in British industry. The archival legacy of such a large and widely-distributed business is complex. However, the archive of its Dyestuff Division, based in Manchester, has now found an appropriate home in the John Rylands Library. The archive includes the records of a number of predecessor firms and stretches far back into the 19th century. For more information, follow the link to the Library’s own blog.


Posted on: Tuesday, 24th January 2017
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Nikon approaches 100th anniversary

The merger of three Japanese optical manufacturers in July 1917 was the origin of what is now the Nikon Corporation. The Tokyo-based global corporation manufactures a range of optical and electronic equipment but is best-known for the quality and popularity of its cameras. To learn more about Nikon’s history, visit their 100th anniversary website.

Posted on: Thursday, 19th January 2017
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ICA SBA 2017 annual conference

In 2017 the International Council on Archives, Section on Business Archives will be holding two conferences on the theme of The Future Role of Business Archives.

The first conference will be held in Stockholm 5-6 April 2017 and will focus on the importance of using true stories externally for external brand-building communication.

The second conference will be held in Mumbai 4-6 December and will take a look at the internal effects that historical records and stories can have on management decisions and organizational culture.

Find out more on the ICA's website.

Posted on: Saturday, 31st December 2016
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