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Toyota celebrates 75th anniversary

The Toyota Motor Corporation was established in 1937, with earlier foundations in the Toyoda Automatic Loom Works. The global corporation we know today is proud of its heritage and celebrates 75 years on its website.

Posted on: Wednesday, 7th November 2012
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Capturing the Record of 2012

Contributing to the success of London 2012 and the Cultural Olympiad, businesses and commercial organisations have been key to the delivery of the Games: from sponsorship and partnerships at national and regional level to local events and community initiatives.

The National Archives is asking businesses involved in the Olympics and Paralympics in any way to consider how the history of their involvement will be captured.

nationalarchives.gov.uk/olympics

Posted on: Saturday, 3rd November 2012
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Business History and Social Media

The relevance of company history for marketing purposes is demonstrated in the current high-profile advertising campaign for Bulmers Cider, which has a tie-in with Facebook.

Posted on: Friday, 2nd November 2012
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British Aviation Posters

A recently-published book by Scott Anthony and Oliver Green, British Aviation Posters: Art, Design and Flight captures the excitement of the early days of air passenger travel. 

Posted on: Wednesday, 5th September 2012
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Promote your collections to research students

The Business Archives Council is organising another Meet the Archivists event in London on Thursday 29th November. This provides an opportunity for business archives to introduce their collections to research students.

Posted on: Wednesday, 5th September 2012
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Deposits of business records in 2011


The annual accessions exercise conducted by the Archive Sector Development department at The National Archives is now complete and the results may be accessed from their website.

Posted on: Friday, 3rd August 2012
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Business Archives in Japan

An article recently posted on the website of the Association of German Business Archivists will be of interest to British readers.

Posted on: Friday, 3rd August 2012
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Leveraging Corporate Assets: e-book launch

Colleagues at the Shibusawa Eiichi Memorial Foundation in Tokyo have published an e-book, Leveraging Corporate Assets: New Global Directions for Business Archives.

Posted on: Wednesday, 25th July 2012
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Business Archives Council conference

The Business Archives Council is pleased to announce that their 2012 Conference, Born This Way: Business Archives and the Digital Record, will be held on Thursday 8th November 2012 at The Baring Archive, 60 London Wall, London, EC2M 5TQ.

Posted on: Friday, 13th July 2012
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Business from above

The recent launch of the Britain from Above website by English Heritage and the Royal Commissions on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland and Wales offer, quite literally, a new perspective on British business and industry.  An initial 16,000 images from the Aerofilms Collection have been made publicly available and by 2014 there will be 95,000 images, covering  the period 1919-1953.

Posted on: Monday, 2nd July 2012
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Hong Kong anniversary

The idea to bring gas lighting to Hong Kong was that of a British businessman, William Glen. Having received the approval of the colonial government, the Hong Kong & China Gas Co Ltd was incorporated in the United Kingdom in June 1862, with an initial capital of £35,000. In June 2012, and now trading as Towngas, executives in Hong Kong gathered to launch a 150th anniversary exhibition at the International Finance Centre.

Posted on: Monday, 25th June 2012
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Textile archive drives recovery

Established in Somerset in 1772 by the Quaker Thomas Fox, cloth manufacturers Fox Brothers & Co Ltd recently entered a new phase in their history. The company is celebrated as the original creators of flannel. They also developed the serge drape mixture that became known as khaki. Like other British textile firms Fox Brothers can no longer compete in the mass market. However, they remain a niche player, trading on the high quality of their cloth and the richness of their heritage.

Posted on: Tuesday, 19th June 2012
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Fine guns and rifles since 1812

To celebrate the bicentenary of its gun making business, the Birmingham-based company Westley Richards & Co Ltd has produced a history, In Pursuit of the Best Gun 1812-2012 by Jeremy Musson.  The book contains numerous images, including specially commissioned photographs by Terry Allen, as well as drawing extensively on the company's archives.

Posted on: Thursday, 14th June 2012
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Bank of England Archive catalogue now online

Since 1930 the Bank of England has had an archive department, but it is now much easier for users to find detailed information about the Bank's collections. From June 2012, there is remote, online access to over 56,000 records in the Bank's archive catalogue, backed by impressive search capabilities.

Posted on: Friday, 8th June 2012
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Brewin Dolphin celebrates 250 years

London-based investment managers Brewin Dolphin plc are marking, with pride, this latest milestone in their corporate history.  The firm was established in 1762 by John Dawes, a stockbroker and one of those who formed a club, which in time became the London Stock Exchange. Their history moves from an era of when its staff coped with dropsy and fought duels, to the present day and the launch of the companys first app for the Apple iPad, using content from its client magazine, Perspective.

Posted on: Monday, 28th May 2012
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Selling History: the role of the past at Fortnum & Mason

A podcast Selling History: the role of the past at Fortnum & Mason is now available from The National Archives website http://media.nationalarchives.gov.uk/index.php/selling-history-the-role-of-the-past-at-fortnum-and-mason/

Posted on: Wednesday, 16th May 2012
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Business Archives: new developments and initiatives

Business archives specialist Alex Ritchie speaks about the historical background to business archives and the recent development of national strategies to promote business archives more widely.

Posted on: Monday, 16th April 2012
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Marks & Spencer Company Archive open for business

Following the opening ceremony on 16 March 2012, the Marks & Spencer Company Archive is now open for business in the purpose-built Michael Marks Building, on the Western Campus of Leeds University.

Posted on: Friday, 30th March 2012
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Historic railway images now online

Network Rail has recently launched a virtual archive, which gives public access to a special selection from the more than five million records that they hold.

Posted on: Friday, 30th March 2012
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Business archive lectures at The National Archives

There are two public presentations of business archive interest coming up shortly in the programme of public talks at Kew. All talks are on Thursdays at 2pm.

Posted on: Wednesday, 22nd February 2012
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Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Conference

Booking is now open for the Archives, Artefacts. Amateurs & Academics conference in Derby on 20th and 21st April 2012. Download the booking form.

Posted on: Saturday, 4th February 2012
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New 'Managing Business Archives' leaflet published

The Business Archives Council has just published a leaflet entitled 'Managing Business Archives. 

Posted on: Thursday, 19th January 2012
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