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From Watt to Waves

Monday, 26 October 2009


It is with much regret that the organisers have had to cancel the above conference scheduled for Fri 30 October due to speaker illness. It is hoped that it can be rescheduled sometime in 2010.


The Business Archives Council of Scotland, in collaboration with the University of Glasgow's Centre for Business History in Scotland, the Ballast Trust and the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland are pleased to present this one-day conference on Scottish engineering.

The conference will take place on Friday 30 October 2009 at the Clydeport Building, Robertson Street, Glasgow between 1000 and 1600.
Image from here
The programme will include:
  • Documenting Scottish Engineering, Prof. Tony Slaven, Prof. Ray Stokes & Lesley Richmond
  • W J Macquorn Rankine & the business of 'engineering science' in Glasgow, Dr. Ben Marsden
  • Becoming the workshop of the world, Prof. Michael Moss
  • Financing engineering innovation before 1930, Alan Cameron
  • Clydebuilt: Losing the legend, Prof. Tony Slaven
  • Barr & Stroud, Dr. Stephen Sambrook
  • British Aluminium Company, Dr. Andrew Perchard
  • Foreign Investment: Electronics and engineering since 1945, Dr. Duncan Ross
  • The dynamics of engineering obstetric ultrasound, Dr. Malcolm Nicolson and John Fleming
  • Marine engineering: Power from waves, Dr. David Kaye, Aquamarine Power
Cost: £25 for BACS / IESIS members, £30 for non-members. The non-members fee includes a one-year membership of the BACS. A buffet lunch is included.  A small number of free places for students and the unwaged are available on a first-come basis.

Further details and a booking form can be found at:


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This blog will provide information about the development of a National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. It will also be used to provide general updates about Business Archives in Scotland.

This blog is written by Kiara King, the Ballast Trust archivist. Updates on the Data Mapping Project are written by Cheryl Brown, project officer.


The Business Archives Strategy for Scotland was published in August, read it here. Keep an eye on the blog for more news about business archives and the strategy's implementation.

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