About us

About us

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The Business Archives Council of Scotland was established in 1960 as an independent voluntary archive body concerned with the active preservation of the records of Scottish business and industry.  Download the BACS Leaflet.

Since its inception, the Council has been active in many fields:

  • offering consultancy services to business on archives and records management
  • rescuing the archives of business that have closed
  • surveying the archives of active businesses
  • advising on the appraisal of business archives
  • promoting the maintenance and use of archives as corporate assets
  • promoting records and information management within business
  • holding conferences and events to raise awareness of business archives
  • publishing a journal, Scottish Industrial History, to promote business archive research
  • liaising with other heritage bodies to ensure that business archives are recognised as a cultural asset
  • responding to government consultations

In 1977, the work of the Council was at a level that a permanent employee was required.  The post of Surveying Officer was created to undertake the day-to-day work of the Council, most notably in the areas of co-ordinting rescue work and undertaking surveys.  Some thirty years later, the Council has undertaken over 600 surveys and worked with literally hundreds of businesses and organisations to help them care and make better use of their archives.

As a registered charity, we are governed by an Executive Committee who have oversight of the day-to-day activities of the Council and the Surveying Officer.  The Surveying Officer is hosted by Glasgow University Archive Services who hold the Scottish Business Archive, many of whose collections were brought in by the BACS.