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Case Study: Supporting Business in your Community

Thursday, 25 April 2013

I'm very pleased to be able to blog about our first bi-lingual case study from Tasglann nan Eilean Siar (Hebridean Archives) and the Harris Tweed Authority.

The Tasglann has been working with business and industry in the Outer Hebrides to advise and assist them in managing their records. Their aim is to help businesses to make better use of a key asset: their records, be it for administrative purposes, marketing, or legal defence.

The case study discusses how the Tasglann worked with the Harris Tweed Authority to undertake a full survey of their archive records, uncovering and listing numerous case files relating to trademark defence. Following the survey, these files are now accessible and easy to locate allowing the Authority to utilise them more easily in supporting their ongoing work and marketing.

The full case study is available in English and Gaelic and the others can be found here.


The Working Archive

Friday, 5 April 2013

The Working Archive is a year-long archive awareness campaign for Scotland that is launching today.

Championed by the Scottish Council on Archives, to support the ongoing National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland, the campaign aims to encourage archives, their users and the public at large to celebrate the unique stories behind individual Scottish businesses; the records of products that were produced or manufactured in Scotland and exported around the world; and the archival legacy of working Scots of all kinds - whether in business, farming, healthcare, education, the church or government.
The Working Archive campaign will celebrate the people behind the records - whether the workers and staff of businesses, the communities within which businesses are based or trade or the archivists and curators who work to preserve these records today.
We want archivists and archives from all over Scotland to get involved and there are a number of different ways you can do so - find out more about them here.
  • Contribute right away by emailing us stories about working lives from your archive or about how you are making your collections work for their owners and users. We’ll showcase some of these in a campaign blog during 2013-14.
  • Send us images about Scotland’s working past for inclusion in our gallery. Send images to the SCA along with a short caption and a note of the provenance as it should appear – and we’ll do the rest.
  • If you are on flickr and have suitable images that reflect Scotland's working past uploaded there then simply add the tag "working archive" to them and they'll appear like this:


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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Please contact us if you have any comments or suggestions.

Kiara King (Ballast Trust Archivist)