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BAC 2017 conference - speakers announced

Change the Record

Tuesday 21st November 2017

Business archives contain the records of enduring value of a business. But how are those records changing? How are archivists responding to those changes? Do the changes make capturing and using records more difficult or just difficult in a new way? The BAC’s annual conference will look at how shifts in the technology landscape have impacted records creation and use. Our speakers will examine these issues with views from both a theoretical standpoint, and from the practitioner on the frontline. It’s time to change the record, so come along and see how!

The opening presentation from Simon Demissie and Arike Oke of The Wellcome Trust will give an overview of how the records their organisation receives have changed, how this impacts on how they manage them and what this means for the archives profession as a whole. A panel session on the changing nature of records will follow with Elizabeth Lomas of UCL and Mary Rutherford and Chris Campbell from GSK. The subjects will include the change in format of specific record types and the impact of ERP on records management; this session is bound to spark conversation.

The afternoon will focus on the use of archives with a look at how the history of Harper Collins has been utilised during its anniversary year with a presentation from Dawn Sinclair. Following this, a number of case studies on the different ways archives are being used will be presented in a second panel session. Presenters include Margaret Procter on a collaborative PhD between the University of Liverpool and Barclays, Alix Green from Essex University and Judy Faraday from The John Lewis Partnership on another collaborative project, and Ryland Thomas from the Bank of England.

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Posted on: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
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150 years on the high street

Goldings on Bedford High Street has been celebrating 150 years of business. The family-run hardware store opened in 1867 and has seen many changes in shopping trends over the years.

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Posted on: Tuesday, 26th September 2017
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'Shops and Shopping in the Archives' - British Records Association annual conference

This years' British Records Association conference will be on the theme ‘Shops and Shopping in the archives: a nation of record keepers?’ It will be held on Thursday 30 November at 70 Cowcross Street, Farringdon, London EC1M 6EJ.

Speakers include Alan Crosby, Phil Lyon, Peter Scott, Jon Stobart, Shelley Tickell and Laura Ugolini, who will cover different aspects of shoppers and shopping  from the eighteenth century up to the present day, and consider the variety of sources used in their research.  There will also be discussion sessions of  archivists and historians on the preservation – or lack of it- of  records from the High Street and major department stores.

More details will be posted soon and a full programme and registration will be available via the BRA’s web site

Posted on: Monday, 11th September 2017
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Australia to transfer business records to the National Archives of Japan

Records of Japanese enterprises trading in Australia were seized following the outbreak of war in 1941. Now the decision has been taken to send approximately 3,300 boxes of archive material, currently stored by the National Archives of Australia, to Japan. The requisition and retention of these documents has preserved a unique and full record of Japanese business activity in Australia between 1899 and 1941, which might otherwise have been dispersed or lost. In coming months it will become available for consultation in Tokyo. Follow the link for more information.

Posted on: Tuesday, 5th September 2017
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Central Bank of Ireland opens archives to public

Two hundred years of the records of the Central Bank of Ireland are now available for research. Readers will be able to consult records dating from 1786, by arrangement, at the Bank’s Dockland Campus. There is an online archive catalogue available. For fuller details follow the link below.


Posted on: Tuesday, 5th September 2017
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