The Business Archives Councils of England, Wales and Scotland have joined forces to present a new event series – Business Bites.
Business Bites is an initiative by BAC and BACS to encourage conversations, bringing together the small community of business archivists and custodians of business archives across the UK, many of whom work alone, to share our experiences. Regular social meet ups will be held every few months, with a rotating theme to kick start conversations and allow you to meet your peers. Anything and everything business archives will be openly discussed among friends.
All Business Bites sessions will be held on the last Wednesday of every second month. Future events are planned for July, September and November. Some events will be restricted to BAC and BACS members only.
The theme of the November event is – Modern Collections Development. This event is a MEMBERS ONLY event. Join us here to take part.
Where: Online – via Zoom
When: Wednesday, 29th November 2023, 12.30pm – 13.30pm
How: To reserve a place, sign up using the Eventbrite link
What: Modern Collections Development
Collections Development is an ever changing field, particularly in the world of Business Archives. Records that were of essential importance 100 years ago now have little historical value while many of the records being produced now did not exist even 50 years ago. So where do record keepers begin when deciding what to keep and what will have historical value in the years to come?
This webinar will focus on the experience of the abrdn archive, where a collections development job role has been created to tackle this issue. Mollie Horne, who carries out this role, will discuss her experience since she started in post and how she is working towards ensuring the most complete collection possible is kept to capture the corporate memory.
Mollie Horne is the Collections Development Archivist at the abrdn company archive. She began her career as an archivist in 2015 and graduated from the University of Dundee course in 2019. She has formerly worked for DC Thomson & Co Ltd, Aberdeen City & Aberdeenshire Archives and the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust. She specialises in business archives and is interested in outreach and community engagement.
Please direct any questions or comments to Business.Bites.Contact@gmail.com
In 2023, the Business Archive Council of Scotland and the Business Archive Council joined forces to present a joint programme of regular online webinars on subjects related to Business Archives. We will hold a Business Bites event every two months in 2023 and the full programme is outlined below. Bookings will be via the Eventbrite page as they go live.
- 31st May – Research Using Business Archives, Speakers: Dr Alix Green and Dr David Churchill (Open to Everyone)
- 26th July – Capturing Diverse Voices, Speakers: The Macallan and Nationwide (Members Only)
- 27th September – Sustainability in Archives, Speakers: ARA Sustainable Environment Group and London Metropolitan Archive (Open to Everyone)
- 29th November – Modern Collections Development, Speaker: abrdn (Members Only)
This new partnership means that our online events will be a mixture of member only events with 50% of events still open to all. Normally our regular in-person events are for BACS members who are business archivists or custodians of business archive collections. Not a BACS member already? Come along to see what BACS has to offer and become a member! (Annual membership starts from £10 for an Individual Member, £20 for Organisational Membership, £50 for Corporate Membership).
Corporate Connections was an initiative launched by BACS in 2017 (and ran to 2023) 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 were held twice a year, with a rotating theme to kick start conversations and let you meet your peers. Anything and everything business archives was openly discussed among friends. From 2020, due to Covid-19 lockdown restrictions, our Corporate Connections events moved online. The BACS team invited those with an interest in business archives to these informal online talks where current challenges, successes and ideas were shared over virtual tea and biscuits (to be provided by the attendees!)