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ICA Event - The Business Archvist in the 21st Century

Tuesday, 31 January 2012

The ICA's Section on Business and Labour Archives International Business Archives Seminar is coming up in April.

The title is "With Constant Care… the Business Archivist in the 21st Century" and the programme for it can be viewed here. The event will run for 2 days over 16-17 April 2012 in the A.P. Moller - Maersk Headquarters in Copenhagen.

It will include presentations on:
  • Trends in general management strategy 2012-2015
  • Archives management in Mergers & Divestments
  • Organisation – how to position yourself
  • Sustainability in archives
  • Electronic Records Management – cases from the real world


Archives Accreditation & Business Archives

Monday, 30 January 2012

An Archives Accreditation standard is currently being developed by The National Archives in partnership with other archive organisations.

Accreditation will provide a framework for benchmarking performance and support development planning.  It will drive improvement by externally validating and accrediting achievement.  The proposed core modules that the accreditation process will be based on are the same as those for the UK museums accreditation scheme and group requirements into three categories:

  • Organisational health
  • Collections
  • Users and their experience

Encouraging Scottish business archives to participate in any wider accreditation schemes developed for the UK was Action 8.3.2 in the Strategy.  As a result the Implementation Group will be responding to the consultation and would urge business archives nationwide to contribute constructively to the consultation, to ensure that any special considerations regarding archives that primarily hold business records are taken into account and that the scheme is accessible to them.

The standard will be piloted in June this year but there is still time to have your say.  There is going to be an open online webinar consultation to be held on 9 February. To receive an invitation to the webinar on Creating Archives Accreditation please email

For more information about the standard there is a FAQ that the national archives have prepared which explains some of the basic principles of accreditation and how to get involved.


The Value of Business Archives for Research

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

A reminder that there is a workshop on the Value of Business Archives for Research being held this week on Friday 27th January in Swansea at the University Archives on the subject of business archives and their use for researchers.


Managing Business Archives Leaflet

The Business Archives Council has just published a Managing Business Archives leaflet.

The leaflet has taken some of the content of the Managing Business Archives website to create a document that can be downloaded and distributed to businesses.

It is designed to be useful to companies of any size looking to establish their own archives, whether in-house or externally. It will also be useful to local record offices who frequently receive requests for assistance from such companies.
You can download it here or request a hard copy by getting in touch with them.


Crisis Management Team

Monday, 16 January 2012

A Crisis Management Team was created in 2009 as part of the English and Welsh strategy. The team was created to represent all parts of the archive sector to organise agreed responses to business archives under threat and it exists to monitor and assist in steering records at risk into suitable homes.

Details of the team members are now available on the Managing Business Archives website.  The Scottish Representative is Kiara King, Ballast Trust Archivist.

If you are aware of business records at risk in Scotland then please contact Kiara by email at or on 01505 328488.


Digitising the BT Heritage Archive

Friday, 13 January 2012

Some business archive news for the start of the new year.  A million pound project to digitise the BT Heritage Archive was launched this week in London on 11th January.  The project is called New Connections: BT e-Archive and is:

A collaboration between Coventry University (CU), BT Heritage and The National Archives (TNA). It aims to catalogue, digitise and develop a searchable online archive of almost half a million photographs, images, documents and correspondence assembled by BT over 165 years. This large and remarkable collection details the history of Britain’s leading role in the development of telecommunications and the impact of this technology on society. The BT Archive is held, with limited public access, in central London and is by any standard a collection of national and international importance, recognised by UNESCO.
You can find out more on the project blog.


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)