The National Register of Archives for Scotland appoints a series of regional surveyors – the first being Michael Moss as the Western Surveyor based in Glasgow. Within a year Michael was heavily involved in the rescue of the records of the Upper Clyde Shipbuilders.
The Scottish Brewing Archive was created in 1982 to provide a historical resource for the brewing industry in Scotland. The collections are now held by the University of Glasgow’s Archives & Special Collections. [Image: ‘Punch’ the dray horse at Holyrood Brewery, in 1871. Ref: WY14/1/4/3]
The Ballast Trust was established by Dr. William Lind who was also BACS Secretary in 1988 to support the appraisal and cataloguing of technical records.
In 2006, the Capturing the Energy (CtE) project was launched as an innovative initiative which sought to document the UK oil and gas industry. BACS was an early partner in the project along with the oil and gas operators, University of Aberdeen, government agencies and those with an interest in the history of north sea oil and gas.
In 2010 a National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland was developed by David Powell, BACS Surveying Officer and Kiara King, Ballast Trust Archivist.
The Working Archive was a year-long archive awareness campaign for Scotland championed by the Scottish Council on Archives, to support the National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. The campaign ran throughout 2013 and aimed 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 also celebrated 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.
The third and final ‘Meet The Archivists‘ workshop focused on the use of business archives for genealogical research with special attention to oral history recordings. As before it brought together academics and archivists to discuss and explore with researchers how business archive collections can be used for their research.
BACS starts Corporate Connections an initiative launched in 2017 to encourage face to face conversations, bringing together the small community of business archivists and custodians of business archives in Scotland, many of whom work alone to share our experiences. Regular social meet ups are held every few months, with a rotating theme to kick start conversations and let you meet your peers.