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Thomas Cook celebrates 170 years

Saturday, 27 August 2011

with this great infographic:

A History of British Holidaymaking in Numbers brought to you by Thomas Cook holidays

Rather nicely, they also provided the html code for the infographic to allow other people to embed the image on their website which is what I've done here.  I found it via this site which notes that the facts and information came from their in-house archivist.


Managing a Small Repository

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

The Religious Archives Group Conference theme this year is “On a Wing and a Prayer”: Managing the Small Repository.

Looking at the programme there are some similarities in the issues faced by religious archive with those owners of small business archives face.  The conference seeks to

address the needs of those running small repositories and, in the present economic climate, will, we feel, strike a chord with many. There will be presentations on what can be done to preserve materials on a tight budget and another on inventive ways of promoting your collections.
For those working with small business archives, it might be worth enquiring if you can attend and go along on the 27th September to see what lessons can be learned from our colleagues in the religious archives group.


Lyle & Scott 'Archive Exchange'

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

On Saturday 28th August Lyle & Scott are are hosting the ‘Archive Exchange’ at the Beanscene in Hawick.

Lyle & Scott was founded in Hawick in 1874 and is immensely proud of its roots in the Scottish Borders. You can clearly see the influence of archive and heritage designs in the company's vintage, heritage and archive range of clothing collections
This is an event to kick-start our campaign to restore the company’s archives. We are on the lookout for any vintage Lyle & Scott memorabilia you may have – garments, historical documents, photographs or cuttings from newspapers – and asking you to bring them along to be photographed for our record. To say thank you we are offering a brand new Lyle & Scott item in exchange!  So please come along and share you stories over a cup of tea.
For more information about the event please contact or 0207 467 7519

You should also check out their blog for a post about branding their vintage collection, it describes the process of researching the brand and its yellow eagle logo using the archive collection here in Scotland.


Old Shops of Stornoway

Tomorrow evening (Thursday 11th August) there is a joint event being held in Stornoway by Tasglann Nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) and the Stornoway Historical Society about old shops and businesses in Stornoway.


Pringle Archive Exhibition

Friday, 5 August 2011

Good news for those of you in Edinburgh during the festival this month. The Pringle Archive Project 1815-2011 is appearing as an exhibition at Harvey Nichols, St Andrew Square, from August 3 to 24.

Gordon Drummond, director of Harvey Nichols Edinburgh, says:

We are delighted to be showcasing the rich history of one of Scotland's most iconic brands and to highlight the importance of the Scottish textile industry and its contribution to international fashion.

For details, call 0131-524 8388 or read about it here, here and here.


New Case Study Plans

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

After the great selection of case studies we put together for the launch in January, we'd like to do more!  We are planning to produce some more of these in the Autumn and would like to know if there are any stories out there of business archives in Scotland that you think should be told or would like to find out about particular companies and sectors.

We're open to suggestions and will do our best to put together a selection as interesting and diverse as the last bunch.

Scottish Business Archive Case Study
Please leave us a comment below or email me with suggestions and thoughts.


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)