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Mad Men features classic Coca-Cola commercial

For the final episode of the American television series Mad Men, which recently aired in the UK, the writers used one of the most celebrated adverts of all time. The fictional Don Draper could not possibly have bettered the impact of Coca-Colas Hilltop commercial, so it was a great idea just to borrow it. Hilltop quickly became a legend and the story behind it is recounted by Coca-Cola archivist Ted Ryan in the following blog

Posted on: Tuesday, 30th June 2015
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M&S Company Archives shortlisted

The M&S Company Archive has been shortlisted for the public vote as part of Museums at Night.

The natonwide competition will provide the winner with the opportunity to work with artist Alinah Azadeh at an event in October 2015.

Fin out more about the competition.


Posted on: Saturday, 23rd May 2015
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Westland Centenary

Throughout 2015 AgustaWestland will be celebrating the 100th anniversary of aircraft production. The Westland Aircraft Works of engine manufacturers Petters Ltd came into being in response to the demands of the First World War. In 1935 the works gave its name to Westland Aircraft Ltd, which became a celebrated name in aircraft manufacture. While the business has changed over time and continues to evolve, it remains based at the Yeovil site where it was established in 1915.

Follow the link to learn more about Westland100.

Posted on: Friday, 8th May 2015
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Cunard celebrates 175 years

This year the iconic ships of Cunard will have been sailing the oceans of the world for 175 years, making it one of the longest serving names in shipping history. Celebrations will be held on every cruise during 2015. Take a look at the website:

The anniversary is also being marked by the University of Liverpool Special Collections and Archives which holds the Cunard Archives. This includes a learning resource and an exhibition. Find out more on their website:

Posted on: Thursday, 7th May 2015
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400 years of Grolsch

The origins of the famous Dutch beer go back to 1615 when it was first brewed in Grolle (now Groenlo), and from which its name was derived. Today, Grolsch is brewed in Enschede and the brand is part of the SABMiller Group. To mark its 400th anniversary Grolsch has commissioned 400 original artworks, inspired by their distinctive swingtop bottle. For more on this initiative, visit the Canvas by Grolsch website.

Posted on: Saturday, 2nd May 2015
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