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Frame on Frame: textiles films from the Scottish Screen Archive

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

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On Thursday 17 May from 6pm Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh presents a film night by Dr Jonathan Murray who is a Lecturer in Film and Visual Culture at Edinburgh College of Art entitled:

Frame on Frame: textiles films from the Scottish Screen Archive

This event uses textile films held by the Scottish Screen Archive to look at what they tell us about who we were as they do about what we wore:
Given the historic cultural, industrial, and economic importance of textile manufacturing for Scotland, it is no surprise that the Scottish Screen Archive contains a wealth of documentary films depicting the subject. As one might expect, such material often examines traditional and modern fabric-making processes at considerable length. Yet the works in question also speak to an audience far wider than professional textile-makers and scholars alone, and their interest is more than just factual and technical in nature. If the films surveyed below explain the weaving of Scottish fabrics, they also illuminate the diverse, and often surprising, ways in which Scotland wove ideas from or around its native cloth and carpet. We find gendered and imperial British identities within the post-WWII nation championed or challenged in some of these films, while others lay bare the constant push/pull between competing values of tradition and modernity that shaped so much of twentieth-century Scottish culture and identity.
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Business Archives TNA podcast

Monday, 23 April 2012

Alex Ritchie, the Business Archives Advice Manager at The National Archives, gave a talk on Business Archives: New Initiatives and Developments on the 22nd March 2012.

The talk looked at the background to company archives and the recent development of national strategies to promote business archives more widely along with other new projects.

It is now available to listen to as a podcast here.


Scottish Business Archives and the Titanic

Thursday, 19 April 2012

A collection of papers for the Dumbarton yachtbuilders R McAlister & Sons (ref TD1347) which belongs to Glasgow City Archives contain details of the order and delivery of four Englehardt Collapsible Lifeboats for the Titanic.

The Ballast Trust who have catalogued the collection have blogged about it here.


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.

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