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.
22 March Business Archives: New Initiatives and Developments. Alex Ritchie, Business Archives Specialist at The National Archives.
The talk will look at the background to company archives and the recent development of national strategies to promote business archives more widely. There will be an update on the current ABC survey, which seeks to identify the records of the architecture, building and construction sectors. The talk will also focus on individual projects under way to improve storage and access to the records of companies such as Marks & Spencer and Clarks Shoes.
26 April Selling History: The Role of the Past at Fortnum & Mason. Dr Andrea Tanner, Archivist, Fortnum & Mason Ltd.
Founded in the year when Great Britain was created, the history of Fortnum & Mason is that of the development of British taste. It covers tea drinking, picnics, mail order, climbing Everest and Knickerbocker Glories. It is a history of change, and of constants. In 2012, the stories from its past are important communication and marketing tools in the battle to ensure sustainability and growth.