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Capturing the Energy

Hosted by the University of Aberdeen Capturing the Energy works to preserve important records relating to the UK offshore oil and gas industry. The website has been revamped to include more details about the project, information about existing collections and outlines how companies, organisations and individuals across the industry can contribute to the project. Visit the website to find out more:

Posted on: Friday, 23rd January 2015
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Butlin's online catalogue project with HAT

The History of Advertising Trust has teamed up with Butlin's to catalogue their brand archive and to make selected items available online. The archive has been maintained and used by Butlins to promote their leisure resorts, most notably in a 75th anniversary brochure in 2011. However, the project will allow a whole new level of public access to this fascinating heritage collection. Follow the link for the full story.

Posted on: Tuesday, 6th January 2015
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Tommy's Tin

Businesses are featuring prominently in the commemoration of the First World War. It is not widely known how the old-established Piccadilly store of Fortnum & Mason played a significant role in the war effort. In an era when officers had to provide themselves with uniforms and equipment, the store had a war department dedicated to the task. They also supported British servicemen in the field with food parcels containing Fortnums particular specialities.

In collaboration with the Ministry of Defence and Harewood House, the store has now produced Tommys Tin, a replica of a brass tin containing chocolate, sweets and tobacco sent to troops for Christmas 1914 at the suggestion of Princess Mary. The modern version, containing luxury chocolate and a special set of playing cards, was sent out to British servicemen and women on active service at Christmas 2014 in commemoration of their predecessors.

Follow the link below to read a fuller account of this initiative and the history behind it.

Posted on: Monday, 5th January 2015
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60 Years of Jet

Jet petrol filling stations are so much a part of our urban landscape that it is hard to remember a time when they were not around. With over 300 outlets in the UK, and with its highly recognisable logo, they remain a very visible brand. Follow the link below to learn more about their first 60 years in the UK.

Jet is the brand name used by the UK company Phillips 66 Ltd. If you think that is a strange name for a company, there is an explanation and it all has to do with earlier events in the USA. Follow the link to read more.

Posted on: Saturday, 3rd January 2015
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ICA Section for Business Archives 2015 conference - call for papers

The International Council on Archives Section for Business Archives will be holding its next annaul conference on 15-16 June 2015 in Milan, Italy.

The themes to be covered in this conference include:

- Business Archive advocacy with senior managers
- Business Archive community  involvement (including academic involvement)
- Business Archive management models (trusts, archive centres etc.) for funding and profitability
- Particular types of business archives/records/objects - problems and solutions
- Exploiting photographic and multimedia collections within the Business Archive
- Digital curation of Business Archives
- Electronic  records management systems and the identification of the business archive

The Section for Business Archives is currently calling for papers to be presented.

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Posted on: Thursday, 4th December 2014
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