Corporate Connections is an initiative launched by BACS in 2017 to encourage face to face conversations, bringing together the small community of business archivists and custodians of business archives in Scotland, many of whom work alone to share our experiences. Regular social meet ups will be held every few months, with a rotating theme to kick start conversations and let you meet your peers. Anything and everything business archives will be openly discussed among friends.
The theme of our next event is Producing Corporate Histories: how are business archives used to research and produce business histories? Discussion will be led by Michael Moss, who will talk about his experiences as both an archivist and business historian. There will then be an informal chat about the challenges and opportunities presented by working together with authors to produce relevant and engaging company histories.
- Where: The University of Glasgow Archives and Special Collections, Thurso Street Reading Room
- When: Friday 30th November, 9.30am (as a breakfast meeting pastries and tea/coffee will be provided).
- What: Informal breakfast event discussing the challenges of producing business histories using archives.
- How: To reserve a place, email Karyn.Williamson@aberdeenstandard.com Please direct any questions or comments to the same email address.
This event is for BACS members who are business archivists or custodians of business archive collections. Please contact Karyn Williams (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you'd like to register your interest.
Not a BACS member? Come along to see what BACS has to offer and become a member! (Annual membership starts from £10 Individual Member, £20 Organisational Member, £50 Corporate Member).
Our first Corporate Connections was held in April 2017 on the theme of Celebrating Anniversaries and began with the Harper Collins archivists telling us about the role the archive is playing in their upcoming 200 year anniversary. Our second was held in September 2017 on the subject of Digital Preservation and the discussion was led by archivists from Lloyds Banking Group.
Details of past events the BACS has organised are available below.
Art and Design in Business Archives (2018)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland's 2018 conference was held in Dundee on Friday 12th October at the Meadowside offices of DC Thomson. The theme was art and design in business archives and the day included a viewing of the ‘Bash Street’s Back at The McMenace’ exhibition a look at Beano at 80 at the McManus. The annual Joan Auld Lecture, founded in memory of Dundee's first University Archivist was given by Meredith More, Curator Scottish Design Galleries, V&A Museum of Design Dundee.
Paisley's Industrial & Cultural Heritage Conference
The Business Archives Council of Scotland in partnership with the Paisley Centre for Business and Industrial History at the University of the West of Scotland delivered a one day conference on Wednesday 27th June as part of the Paisley Townscape Heritage and Conservation Area Regeneration Programme (Paisley TH.Cars2).
The conference examined Paisley’s industrial and cultural heritage, with a keynote address by Professor John Hume, other subjects include: Paisley Abbey Rentals; Alexander Wilson; The Government School of Design; Peter Brough; Paisley Philanthropy; and AF Craig.
40 Years of the Surveying Officer (2017)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland’s (BACS) 58th Annual General Meeting took place on Thursday 2nd November at West Brewery, Glasgow.
The AGM formed part of our annual conference which celebrated 40 years of the Surveying Officer and was held at the former home of the Stoddard-Templeton carpet factory, just one example of the many business archives the Surveying Officer has been involved in preserving. The past, present and future success of the role, as well as its impact on the business archives sector to date was discussed. Talks focused on how surveyed collections have been used, the history of the role and its place in the wider business heritage landscape, how surveying can help you and how to carry out a practical survey. The conference programme is here: BACS Conference 2017.
The annual Joan Auld Lecture, founded in memory of Dundee's first University Archivist, was given by Professor John R Hume.
Digital Records and the User (November 2016)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland’s (BACS) 57th Annual General Meeting took place on Tuesday 15 November 2016 at Standard Life House, 30 Lothian Road, Edinburgh, EH1 2DH. Please find below the agenda for the event, the 2015/2016 annual accounts and the minutes of the last AGM.
The AGM formed part of a wider conference event titled 'Digital Records and the User’ that will explore digital business records, their management and access by users. The annual Joan Auld Lecture, founded in memory of Dundee's first University Archivist was given by Jacob Halvas Bjerre, Copenhagen Business School and is titled 'Will the present have a future?'.
The training day event has been organised by the Business Archives Council of Scotland (BACS) and the Archives and Records Association (ARA) Scotland. It will explore digital business records, their management and access by users. The day will also include the Business Archives Council for Scotland (BACS) AGM.
The event was hosted by Standard Life and took place on Tuesday 15th November in their offices at Standard Life House, Edinburgh.
Working Lives Recorded (November 2015)
The Business Archives Council for Scotland (BACS) hosted a training day event 'Working Lives Recorded: Case Studies and Best Practice in Oral Histories' on Friday 20th November 2015, which explored oral histories and memories from the work place, and the presence of oral history recordings in business archives. The event took place in the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde Library.
The annual Joan Auld Lecture, founded in memory of Dundee's first University Archivist, was given by Professor Arthur McIvor, Director of the Scottish Oral History Centre, University of Strathclyde on the subject of 'Reconstructing Mining Industry Lives: Oral Narratives from Scottish Coal Mining'.
Scottish Business and Industrial History Conference (April 2015)
The conference explored a wide range of themes relating to the economic, social, business and industrial development of Scotland and beyond from the medieval period onwards, including developments of UK significance. Theoretical, empirical and review papers were welcome from scholars in the areas of economic, business, accounting, financial or social history, or any other cognate discipline. The conference allowed delegates to present and discuss, in an informal setting, research ranging from early drafts to fully developed papers.
Records at Risk (November 2014)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland (BACS) in association with Archives and Records Association (ARA) Scotland held a training day for archivists at the University of Glasgow on Thursday 20th November 2014. The theme of the day was records at risk and it explored threats to business collections – insolvency, disaster and digital loss. The day also included the annual Joan Auld lecture as well as the BACS AGM.
The full programme can be downloaded BACS 2014 Training Day Programme.
Meet the Archivists (October 2014)
The third Meet the Archivists event was held at the University of Strathclyde in the Scottish Oral History Centre on 31st October 2014.
This event focused on the use of business archives for genealogical research, including oral history archives. It gave attendees an opportunity to discuss and explore with academics and archivists how business archive collections can be used for their research.
Full details are available in the MTA 2014 Programme and resources from they day will be available soon.
BACS Training Day for Corporate Archivists - Celebrating Anniversaries (August 2014)
There are few training events that are truly relevant to archivists in corporate environments. Following feedback and in addition to our annual AGM/training day BACS has introduced a bi-annual training event exclusively for our corporate members.
The first of these was held on Wednesday 13th August at the Diageo Archive, Glenochil House, Menstrie and the focus of the afternoon was Anniversaries. It included a presentation on celebrating the Diageo Archive’s 20th anniversary and a round table discussion included past and up-coming anniversary activities and the First World War centenary. We focused specifically on how to engage with the business, sharing hints and tips, best practice and experiences.
This first event was be open to non-members of BACS. Future events will only be open to BACS members.
Scottish Business and Industrial History Conference (March 2014)
On Wednesday 5 March 2014 at the University of Stirling a one day conference was held to explore a wide range of themes relating to the economic, social, business and industrial development of Scotland and beyond from the medieval period onwards, including developments of UK significance. Download the SBIH Conference Programme now.
Understanding Photographic Archives (November 2013)
On Friday 22nd November 2013, the BACS held a training day in Edinburgh at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland for archivists. The theme of the day was photographic archive collections and the day included the annual Joan Auld lecture as well as the BACS AGM.
The full programme is available here. Resources from the day will be made available shortly.
Meet the Archivists (September 2013)
On Friday 20th September 2013, the BACS held the 2nd Meet the Archivists day in Edinburgh at the Edinburgh College of Art.
The aim of our Meet the Archivists events is to bring together academics and archivists to discuss and explore with students how business archive collections can be used for their research. This year we focused on creative and design use of business archives. So the event was aimed primarily at college of art students, architectural and design students.
Understanding Technical Archives (December 2012)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland (BACS) organised a training day event with the Archives and Records Association Scottish Region and hosted by Glasgow City Archives to introduce members of both organisations to procedures and processes for handling technical records within their archive collections.
Technical records are plans, drawings, maps and photographs (often found in construction, engineering, architectural, design and manufacturing businesses) that provide evidence of the creation and development of products or sites within business and organisational collections.
The day included the AGM of BACS and the Annual Joan Auld lecture founded in memory of Dundee’s first University Archivist.
Some of the resources from the day are available here.
10.15 Welcome & introduction
10.30 Appraisal of Architectural Records ~ Kirsty Lingstadt, The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments
11.00 Where is it? Describing and using maps and plans ~ Paula Williams, National Library of Scotland
11:30 Business Archives Council of Scotland AGM
13:15 The cataloguing and appraisal of industrial technical records ~ Kiara King, The Ballast Trust
13:45 Practical examples
14:00 The Joan Auld Lecture: Scotland's Industrial Past in the Later 20th Century ~ Professor John Hume
Meet the Archivists (November 2012)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland, the Scottish Council on Archives and the Centre of Business History held a FREE workshop on Friday 9th November at Lilybank House to encourage students and academic researchers to make the most of Business Archives. Download the poster here.
It brought together academics and archivists to discuss and explore with students how business archive collections can be used for their research.
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Scotland’s businesses and industries have been crucial in shaping its economic and social development and they also reflect the contribution and breadth of activity that Scotland’s business, industry and enterprise has made, and continues to make, to the world economy.
The day aimed to demonstrate to students how these rich business archive collections can be used to investigate and research a variety of topics in different academic disciplines from economic, business, social, gender and labour histories, management studies and politics and industrial relations to sociology, linguistics and architecture. For example:
Social history research into societal attitudes to death using funeral ledgers
Linguistic analysis of the language used by industry
Trends in marketing and advertising
The impact of industry and business on the built environment
10:15 Welcome, Alan Cameron
Academics on business themes and evidence used in their research
10.30 Alan McKinlay, Heriot-Watt University - A clerical romance: Mr Notman gets Married, (and sacked), 1934
11.15 Andrew Perchard, University of Strathclyde - Aluminiumville: Government, Global Business & the Scottish Highlands
Perspectives on Business Archives
12:00 Discussion panel with archivists.
Chair: Ray Stokes
David Powell, Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Local Authority Archives)
Lesley Richmond, Glasgow University Archive Services (University Archives)
Christine McCafferty, Diageo PLC (Corporate Archives)
Alison Rosie, National Register of Archives for Scotland (National Collections)
Meet the Archivists
13:00 Lunch and Archive Displays: This will be an opportunity for delegates to explore archive collections and discuss their research ideas with archivists from repositories across Scotland with key business archive collections.
14:30 Practical demonstration - Finding business archive collections online
14:50 Tony Slaven - Using Business Archives for Academic Research
15.30 Alan Cameron
Financial Records (November 2011)
The Business Archives Council of Scotland held a joint event on Friday 25th November 2011 in the Tower Building, University of Dundee on Financial Records with the Archives and Records Association Scottish Region and sponsored by CAIS Dundee to introduce members of both organisations to the records of financial institutions.
It provided a ‘hands-on’ opportunity to use the records of the Alliance Trust, one of Dundee’s prominent Investment Trusts and learn more about using financial records and here about the writing of the history of the Alliance Trust.
The day also included the Regional Meeting of the Association and the AGM of BACS. The Annual Joan Auld lecture founded in memory of Dundee’s first University Archivist ended the day. Details of the day are available in the programme for the Financial Records Conference.