The Business Archives Council of Scotland organises an annual conference in the Autumn, occasional training days and in 2017 started it’s Corporate Connections event to support networking for business archivists and custodians of business archives in Scotland. Details of past events can be found here.

Conference & Call for Papers

The Business Archives Council of Scotland held its annual conference and AGM virtually via zoom on Thursday 9th December 2021 from 10 am.


At the beginning of 2020 the Business Archives Council of Scotland was preparing to celebrate its 60th anniversary with a range of events planned for throughout the year. Unfortunately few of our activities took place and as we wrap up our own thoughts on sixty years of BACS and reflect on the changes to our anniversary celebrations we’ve decided to make anniversaries the theme of our 2021 conference. The programme is outlined below and available as a pdf here:


10:00   Welcome. Tony Slaven – Reflections on 60 years of BACS

10:15   Joan Auld Lecture: Ray Stokes – The Business Historian and the Company Anniversary: Honoured Guest or Uninvited Intruder?

10:45   Anna Stone – Aviva: We’re 325 years old – so what?

11:05   Q&A and BREAK

11:15   Jacqui Seargeant – Celebrating 175 years of Dewar’s Whisky

11:35   Ian Ritches – The National Trust for Scotland at 90

11:55   Q&A and BREAK

12:05   Allison Foster – Making Anniversaries Taste Better: Sainsbury’s 150th Anniversary Celebrations and Q&A

12:30   AGM

13:00   Finish

Registration for the conference is now available via our eventbrite page.


The 2021 AGM was held online via zoom on Thursday 9th December. Registration for this and the conference was available via our eventbrite page. The AGM will follow the annual conference which is returning this year.

The AGM papers will be issued to members and available here soon:

A Re-appraisal of Surveying: A Vital Archival Tool for Contemporary Collecting


A conference in memory of Professor Michael S Moss will be held in April 2022. Jointly organised by the Business Archives Council, Business Archives Council of Scotland and The National Archives, with the support of the British Records Association.


Full details can be found here.

Corporate Connections‌

Corporate Connections is an initiative launched by BACS 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 twice a year, with a rotating theme to kick start conversations and let you meet your peers. Anything and everything business archives will be openly discussed among friends.


Due to Covid-19 our 2020 and 2021 Corporate Connections events were moved online. The BACS team invite those with an interest in business archives to this informal event where current challenges, successes and ideas are shared over virtual tea and biscuits (to be provided by the attendees!)


The theme of our events throughout 2021 have been ‘Connections to Slavery & Empire in Business Archives’. We’ve held three events with speakers Jennifer Melville (National Trust for Scotland), Clare Paterson (University of Glasgow Archives & Special Collections) and Carissa Chew (University of Hawaii and formerly National Library of Scotland).


Our online events are 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 Individual Member, £20 Organisational Member, £50 Corporate Member).

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