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ICA Section for Business Archives 2015 conference - call for papers

The International Council on Archives Section for Business Archives will be holding its next annaul conference on 15-16 June 2015 in Milan, Italy.

The themes to be covered in this conference include:

- Business Archive advocacy with senior managers
- Business Archive community involvement (including academic involvement)
- Business Archive management models (trusts, archive centres etc.) for funding and profitability
- Particular types of business archives/records/objects - problems and solutions
- Exploiting photographic and multimedia collections within the Business Archive
- Digital curation of Business Archives
- Electronic records management systems and the identification of the business archive

The Section for Business Archives is currently calling for papers to be presented.

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Posted on: Thursday, 4th December 2014
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Cataloguing Grants for business collections

The National Archives has announced the awards made under the 2014 round of the National Cataloguing Grants Programme for Archives. Four of the ten projects funded involve aspects of business and industrial history. These are Anatomy of a Traction Merger - the records of GEC Traction (National Railway Museum), National Coal Board (NCB) and predecessor bodies, West Yorkshire coal mining records 17th century-1990s (West Yorkshire Archives Service), The Agnew's archive (The National Gallery) and Sugar and slate, the Penrhyn Castle further additional papers (Bangor University).

For a full list of grants and details of the scheme, follow the link:

Posted on: Friday, 28th November 2014
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Insight into Coca Cola Archives

A profile of Ted Ryan, Director, Heritage Communications for the Coca-Cola Company, recently appeared in the Economic Times. It offers a fascinating insight into the archives of one of the worlds biggest and most successful brands. Follow the link to read the article in full.

Posted on: Wednesday, 26th November 2014
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Crisis, Credibility and Corporate History

The proceedings of the symposium of the International Council on Archives, Section on Business and Labour, held in Basel in April 2013, have now been edited for publication by Alexander Bieri. Published by Liverpool University Press, the volume brings together contributions from archivists and historians from Denmark, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For further details, visit the Liverpool University Press website

Posted on: Wednesday, 12th November 2014
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Who were the Aero girls?

A new website has been launched by the University of York, devoted to the quest by researchers Kerstin Doble and Francesca Taylor to discover the stories behind a series of portraits of 20 young women. The portraits were commissioned by the confectionery manufacturers Rowntree and used to advertise Aero chocolate between 1951 and 1957. They were found among the Rowntree records in Yorks Borthwick Institute for Archives. A public appeal for information was made at the same time as an exhibition at York Mansion House in October 2013 and the story has been widely reported in the press. The reaction and the response has been phenomenal, follow the link for more details.

Posted on: Saturday, 27th September 2014
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Sainsbury Archive launches online catalogue

The Sainsbury Archive at the Museum of London Docklands has launched an online catalogue at:

The catalogue comprises more than 19,000 records descriptions and 2000 digital images, along with authority records for the key people and places with links to Sainsburys, including details of historical store locations.

Posted on: Wednesday, 17th September 2014
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Save the Wedgwood Collection

The Wedgwood Collection, one of the most important industrial archives in the world and a unique record of over 250 years of British art, is under threat of being separated and sold off. The Art Fund now has the opportunity to purchase it for the nation intact, provided the final £2.74m of a total £15.75m fundraising target can be raised by 30 November 2014.

Find out more about the collection, why it is under threat and how you can help:

Posted on: Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
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Free online course using the M&S Company Archive - Innovation: the Key to Business success

M&S Company Archive has partnered with the University of Leeds to develop a new and exciting online course using their rich archive collection. The 'Innovation: The Key to Business Success' course launches Monday 15 September and matches archive case studies with research from the University to highlight how innovation happens in different scenarios.

Find out more about the 'Innovation: The Key to Business Success' course or sign up here:

Posted on: Wednesday, 3rd September 2014
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AGA History Channel launched

This month has seen AGA launch a history blog at the same time as its first AGA London shop in Spitalfields. Once again, new product development and innovation have been informed by an awareness of a rich heritage in history and archives. Visit the site for more information and look out for the downloadable publication AGA-Rayburn: A heart-warming story.

Posted on: Monday, 14th July 2014
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Business Archives Council Conference 2014

Let the Right One In? - Challenging Perceptions of Access to Business Archives

This years BAC conference will be held on Thursday 13th November 2014 at the Elgar Room in the Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AP.

The aim of the conference is to discuss ideas and issues around access to business archives. It is intended that the results of the conference will form a BAC policy statement on Access - a resource designed to assist managers, professionals and users in the field. Speakers this year include:

  • Maria Sienkiewicz, Barclays Group Archive
  • Christopher Hilton, Wellcome Library
  • Duncan Campbell-Smith, business historian
  • Kiara King, Ballast Trust
  • Rachael Griffin, Pentabus Theatre Company

The conference will be followed by drinks to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the BAC.

For more information and details on booking please visit the BAC website:

Posted on: Saturday, 12th July 2014
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25 years of coffee history

The revolution in coffee-drinking habits in recent years has introduced a number of well-known names to the British high street. There are also some successful companies that have taken part in that revolution but are not household names. You may be forgiven if you have not heard of Hatfield-based Mulmar, market leaders in the supply, installation, maintenance and service of espresso coffee machines. As the company celebrates the first 25 years of its existence, it has teamed up with the University of Hertfordshire to create a video which describes their development. Click on the link to view.

Posted on: Wednesday, 9th July 2014
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2014 UK Memory of the World Register

Nine further items and archival collections were recently added to the UK Memory of the World Register, in the fourth round of such inscriptions. They include two significant business collections:

  • The Neath Abbey Ironworks Collection comprises around 8,000 engineering drawings, 1792-1882, and illustrates the strength of the Welsh contribution to Britains industrial revolution. The collection is deposited with the West Glamorgan Archive Service.
  • The Royal Mail Archive is held by the British Postal Museum and Archive. With over 300 years of continuous history, it is one of the oldest business archives in the world and a unique source for the history of British stamp design.

For more information on these and other inscriptions follow the link:

Posted on: Monday, 30th June 2014
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Diageo opens £1.5 million new home for world's biggest brand archive

Diageo, the worlds leading premium drinks company, has opened the doors to a stunning new home for its alcohol brand archive at Menstrie in Scotland. The Diageo Archive was established in 1990 and holds more than half a million items and 405 years of history and heritage in brewing and distilling. Diageos brands include Johnnie Walker, Bushmills, Smirnoff, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness.

For more on the opening follow this link

Posted on: Friday, 20th June 2014
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Business as Usual: exploring London business archives at LMA

Business as Usual: exploring London business archives at LMA

Friday 4 July 2014, 10.15am 4.30pm
London Metropolitan Archives, 40 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HB

Discover the treasures to be found in the extensive business archives held at LMA which date back to late 15th century. There will be presentations on George Daniels, watchmaker; Chubb and Son, lock and safe manufacturers and Standard Chartered Bank as well as discussion breakouts with Business Archives Council, Cass Business School and Outhouse London.

  • Find out about the importance of business archives to academic, local and family historians, business researchers, teachers and young people alike.
  • Find out more about caring for business archives within a business, or in a deposited environment and using them to advantage.
  • Find out more about the important contribution made by LMA volunteers in making these records available.

Here is further essential information:

10 (lunch not provided - bring a picnic) booking in advance is essential: visit

Posted on: Tuesday, 3rd June 2014
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Launch of Creating Global Opportunities Maersk Line in Containerisation, 1973-2013

This month sees the UK launch of Creating Global Opportunities - Maersk Line in Containerisation, 1973-2013. The book provides a comprehensive overview of the first forty years of Maersk Lines development in containers including photographs and macro-economic data from The Economist Intelligence Unit. The story is put into the context of the industry and containerisations contribution to world economic growth and development. To find out more visit the associated website

Posted on: Friday, 2nd May 2014
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Gucci launches

The Gucci Museo has launched a new website,, and an app to open up the experience of visiting the Museo to a global audience. The Museo, opened in 2011, showcases permanent and temporary exhibitions which draw inspiration from Gucci's archives documenting its 90 year history alongside contemporary art installations. Visit the website to find out more.

Posted on: Thursday, 20th March 2014
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The National Archives business blog

Melinda Haunton writes about the work of The National Archives in the wider archive sector. In this blog she focuses on business archives and their involvement in current developments, particuarly archive service accreditation. To read the full blog, follow the link:

Posted on: Thursday, 20th March 2014
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From Factory to FaceBook: new ways to engage with business archives

The Section on Business and Labour Archives (SBL) within the International Council on Archives (ICA) is pleased to announce its annual conference: "From Factory to FaceBook: new ways to engage with business archives", which will be held in London on 14-15 April 2014. The conference will focus on the use of social media and other means to promote business archives in new and innovative ways. This event, for which there is no fee, will be hosted by Unilever and will include a reception on the Monday evening.

Further details are available from the ICA website

Posted on: Wednesday, 26th February 2014
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The history of Degussa AG

Dr Andrea Hohmeyer, Head of Corporate Archives at Evonik Industries, will give a public talk at The National Archives on Thursday, 20th March 2014 at 2 pm. Her lecture will deal with the chemical company Degussa AG, how the company dealt with the investigation of its history in the Nazi era and the role that the corporate archives played in that process.

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Posted on: Tuesday, 28th January 2014
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Hidden Histories: Britain's Oldest Family Businesses

The BBC has produced three documentaries following the bosses of some of Britain's oldest family businesses. The programmes delve into the pasts of a butchers, a builders, and a medal maker. Take a look.

Posted on: Friday, 24th January 2014
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First Accredited Archive Services

The UK Archive Service Committee is pleased to announce the first six accredited archive services:

Cumbria Archives Service

Exeter Cathedral Library and Archives

Media Archive of Central England

Network Rail Archive

Tyne and Wear Archives

Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service

Archive Service Accreditation is the new UK quality standard for archive services. It was developed through a co-creation process with the archive sector and its stakeholders and piloted by a group of archive services who represented the diversity of services across the UK. Archive Service Accreditation was developed to be a flexible standard relevant to all types of archive with the scheme open to all archives who meet the eligibility criteria.

Archives Service Accreditation is supported by a partnership of the Archives and Records Association (UK), Archives and Records Council Wales, National Records of Scotland, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Scottish Council on Archives, The National Archives and CyMAL.

Find out more about Archive Service Accreditation.

Posted on: Sunday, 12th January 2014
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