Conference: Back to Basics – Business Archives in the wake of the pandemic (November 2022)

Conference: Back to Basics – Business Archives in the wake of the pandemic (November 2022)

The Business Archives Council of Scotland welcomed the chance to return to an in-person conference in 2022. This was held in Edinburgh at the offices of Abrdn on George Street. Virtual attendance tickets are also available for this event and a link to online viewing will be provided. The conference talks will not be recorded. The event was sponsored by TownsWeb Archiving.


The theme of the conference explored the idea of the world adapting to the new normal in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Business Archives Council of Scotland have decided to go ‘Back to Basics’. This conference is an opportunity to explore core record keeping principles and practices and reflect on whether any changes necessitated by the pandemic have become part of your new normal?

The conference programme was as follows:

9.45 – 10.15 Registration (tea and coffee provided)

10.15 – 10.30 Welcome

10.30 – 11.30 Joan Auld Lecture – The impact of COVID 19 on the recordkeeping sector in Scotland – Gillian Mapstone, National Records of Scotland

11.30 – 11.45 Comfort Break

11.45 – 12:15 ‘Gentle Architecture’ – Sir Terry Farrell Redesigns Edinburgh’s Financial Centre – Jemma Singelton, Newcastle University Archive and Special Collections

12.15- 12.30 Business Archive Council Scotland AGM

12.25 – 13.30 Lunch (provided by Abrdn) and networking

13.30 – 14.00 “Make Moments Matter: the evolution of heritage advocacy at

Bacardi during the Covid-19 pandemic” – Samantha Case, Bacardi

14.00 – 14.20 How to develop a business archive during the pandemic and still survive? – Prof. Juan Facundo Araujo – Archivo Bunge and Born, Argentina

14.20 – 14.50 The Diageo Archive – Keeping the Doors Open Through Covid and Beyond – Jo McKercher – Diageo Archive

14.50 – 15.20 Records surveying tools and techniques in 21st Century Scotland – Rachael Muir, BACS Surveying Officer

15.20 – 15.30 Wrap up and end


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