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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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Spam celebrates 80th anniversary

A household staple, born in challenging times, spam has gone on to become an enduring brand and a cultural icon.

The canned pork product was developed by the Hormel Foods Corporation in Minnesota. Spam quickly expanded globally, driven by its wartime use.  It has also found its own enduring place in the British diet and imagination.

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Posted on: Tuesday, 11th July 2017
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Boots launches online archive catalogue

Boots has launched its online archive catalogue meaning researchers can now begin to explore the heritage collections held by the UK's leading pharmacy retailer. As part of a project generously funded by the Wellcome Trust, the first tranche of records is now available. It will be followed by further releases each May over the next four years. Browse the catalogue using the following link:

Posted on: Sunday, 11th June 2017
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