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Launch of the National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland

Monday, 27 December 2010

We are pleased to announce that the launch for the National Strategy for Business Archives will be held on 20th January at 5pm in Edinburgh.

The invitations have been sent and we've had a great response to our requests for case studies and will be unveiling them at the launch.

We have been fortunate to be offered the use of the Museum on the Mound by Lloyds Banking Group Archives as the venue which makes a great location to showcase business use of archives and museum objects.  Directions to the Museum are available on their website here.


Scotland's Hundred Oldest Companies Project

Monday, 20 December 2010

Over the next three months the I'll be working on a project to identify the record holdings of the 100 oldest Scottish companies still registered with Company House in Edinburgh.

The central outcome will be the development of a guide to the records of all the companies, including notes on the history and terms of use and access (this guide will be made available on the BACS website when complete). The companies on the list represent a cross section of Scottish business life, ranging from the companies managing community halls to large multinational firms, and this project will celebrate the richness of this diversity and heritage.

The purpose of the project is to create a valuable resource for future users and researchers of business archives; establish a project that can be used to increase the awareness of business archive use; and to reach out to businesses that may have valuable records and have not previously been approached by the BACS. The project will also be used to tie in with the launch of the Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland in January, raising the profile of business archives amongst record holders and record users alike.

I'll also be regularly posting my progress on here as the project launches early next year. I hope that I'll be able demonstrate some solutions and actions that can make use of the trapped value in business records, and perhaps put the spotlight on some previously under-appreciated collections.

I welcome any comments and suggestions...


Crisis Response Team

Friday, 17 December 2010

A Crisis Response Team was established by the Business Archives Strategy for England & Wales in 2009. This small team was been established to help co-ordinate rescue work and offer help and advice where business enter into receivership liquidation so that archives can hopefully be saved for the nation. The team works closely with local archive repositories and other organisations with an interest in business heritage.

At the first Implementation Group meeting of the Scottish Strategy is was decided that Kiara King (Ballast Trust Archivist) should become the new representative for Scotland.

If you are aware of any business that may be going into receivership or ceasing trading then please contact Kiara ( with information and the details will be circulated to the Crisis Response Team so that the appropriate action can be taken.  


New BACS Surveying Officer

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

David Luck has been appointed as the new BACS Surveying Officer, and will be updating this blog in the forthcoming months. Like David Powell, David will be based in Glasgow University Archive Services, and can be reached on the BACS address or at .


About This Blog

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.

You can also contact us at any time with thoughts and contribute your comments to the blog!

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Kiara King (Ballast Trust Archivist)