Back to the Managing Business Archives homepage

News: Archive for 2017

'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
Read the full story

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
Read the full story

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
Read the full story

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.

Follow the link to read more of the story:

Posted on: Tuesday, 11th July 2017
Read the full story

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
Read the full story

ABH 2017 conference

The Association of Business Historians 2017 Conference will be hosted by the Centre for Business History in Scotland, University of Glasgow and will be held at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel, Glasgow on 29th June to 1st July 2017.  The theme for the conference will be "The Human Factor in Business History".

Find out more.

Posted on: Tuesday, 23rd May 2017
Read the full story

EOGAN Conference 2017: Transition in Energy History

The 8th conference of the European Oil & Gas Archives Network will be held in Paris on 1st - 2nd June. Transition in Energy History will explore a number of topics with speakers ranging from academics, archivists and historians from Europe and beyond including from Total, Shell, Paris-Sorbonne University, the University of Aberdeen, the Norwegian Petroleum Museum and the Norwegian Oil and Gas Archive,

Find out more and how to book:

Posted on: Thursday, 30th March 2017
Read the full story

Bodleian acquires Oxford shoemaker’s ledgers

The premises of Ducker & Son Ltd was an Oxford landmark until its closure in 2016. Now the Bodleian Library has acquired a run of their ledgers between 1910 and 1963. These contain the details of a number of titled and other distinguished customers, including literary figures such as JRR Tolkien and Evelyn Waugh. For further information on this significant acquisition, follow the link below.


Posted on: Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Read the full story

Launch of the Woolworths Archive

The corporate archive of Woolworths UK has been donated to the University of Reading Archives at the University's Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) and to celebrate its launch the Centre of International Business History (CIBH) at the University of Reading's Henley Business School is hosting a reception on the evening of Friday 10 March 2017. The event will include an exhibition of materials from the collection, which have been catalogued and will be soon accessible to researchers.

To attend register your interst via the following web-link:


Posted on: Tuesday, 7th February 2017
Read the full story

Appeal to catalogue textile archives

The Friends of Lancashire Archives are seeking £12,000 to complete the cataloguing of the important collection of Horrockses, Crewdson & Co Ltd. The firm of cotton spinners and manufacturers grew out of a business established by John Horrocks in 1791. Horrockses were not only a significant company in their own right, styling themselves “The Greatest Name in Cotton”, they were employers on a scale that shaped the character of Preston.

To find out more about the company, the appeal and how to support it, follow the link.

Posted on: Tuesday, 7th February 2017
Read the full story

John Rylands Library acquires ICI Dyestuffs Division archive

Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI), formed in 1926 by the merger of a number of British chemical  companies, was for a long time the largest manufacturer in British industry. The archival legacy of such a large and widely-distributed business is complex. However, the archive of its Dyestuff Division, based in Manchester, has now found an appropriate home in the John Rylands Library. The archive includes the records of a number of predecessor firms and stretches far back into the 19th century. For more information, follow the link to the Library’s own blog.


Posted on: Tuesday, 24th January 2017
Read the full story

Nikon approaches 100th anniversary

The merger of three Japanese optical manufacturers in July 1917 was the origin of what is now the Nikon Corporation. The Tokyo-based global corporation manufactures a range of optical and electronic equipment but is best-known for the quality and popularity of its cameras. To learn more about Nikon’s history, visit their 100th anniversary website.

Posted on: Thursday, 19th January 2017
Read the full story

© Copyright 2017 Managing Business Archives | Accessibility statement | Cookies | Site by CBJ Digital Ltd.