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Valuable lessons of the past

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Is the title of an article by Alisdair Northrop in the March 2012 issue of Scottish Business Insider.

It looks at why business history is relevant for today’s companies and explains that:
Scotland has an extraordinary business heritage. In the past the country was at the heart of the industrial revolution as a major player in many areas including ship building, textiles and locomotive manufacturing. Although much has changed it still has many world leading companies. But what can we learn from our past and are there more ways we can exploit our heritage? There is also a danger that some of the valuable archives of Scottish companies could be lost forever.
You can read the article online here or view a pdf version here. It features discussions and quotes from Archivist Lesley Richmond at the University of Glasgow, business historians Prof Ray Stokes from the Centre of Business History and Prof Charles Munn.


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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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