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A National Strategy for Business
Archives in Scotland
Achievements 2010-2016
A National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland
Our vision: business archives in Scotland will become even more valu...
Strategy Timeline
Strategy
Launched
Data Mapping Project
concludes
The Working
Archive
awareness
campaign
Appointment of
S...
Strategic Goals
The National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland was underpinned by a conviction that the records o...
Implementation Group
An Implementation Group was formed by volunteers in 2010 from the key stakeholder
organisations to en...
Implementation of the strategy was overseen by a steering
group drawing members from private corporate archives,
public co...
Collections
Over 200 business archive collections have been deposited in Scottish archives since
2010. The strategy has ac...
The team was created in 2009 as part of the English &
Welsh strategy to represent all parts of the archive sector
to organ...
A full-time Surveying Officer was first appointed by the
Business Archives Council of Scotland in 1977. The existence
of a...
Advocacy
Outreach and engagement has been at the heart of the Strategy and more than 30
different events, campaigns, works...
In 2013/14 the Working Archive awareness campaign
supported the ongoing National Strategy for Business Archives
in Scotlan...
The Scots at Work exhibition was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona
Hyslop who ...
1
Working Archive
gallery featured
150 archive images
provided by 23
organisations
across Scotland
The strategy’s implementation group managed a
business archives stall at the Scottish Council on
Archives’ advocacy event ...
The strategy has strived to connect with individuals and
organisations across a variety of sectors including
insolvency pr...
To support the Explore Your Archive campaign in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the National Strategy for Business Archives in
Scotla...
Projects
Scotland has a wealth of business and business related archives and expertise held
within active business and col...
In 2011 the Strategy embarked on a project, funded
by the Archives & Records Association, to map
Scottish business archive...
21 case studies
published
On sectors as varied
as shipbuilding,
banking, brewing,
textiles, publishing,
carpet-making,
wha...
“Our heritage is key to our
identity and designers
often wish to consult the
archive for inspiration.” ~
Lorna MacAulay, H...
Resources
The strategy published a number of tangible resources as outputs from our advocacy
and project work. These aimed...
The strategy worked with the Business Archives Council
of Scotland and the Archives and Records Association
Scotland to pr...
Inspired by the successful BAC model of ‘meet the archivist’
days, the strategy has held 3 workshops to encourage
research...
201620152014201320122011
Royal Bank of
Scotland becomes first
accredited business
archive in Scotland
02 03 04 05 06 07
Ne...
A not-for-profit Scottish Business History Network will
ensure that the work the Strategy has begun will continue
and evol...
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The National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland - Achievements 2010-2016

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The National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland - Achievements 2010-2016

  1. 1. A National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland Achievements 2010-2016
  2. 2. A National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland Our vision: business archives in Scotland will become even more valuable, representative of economic activity and innovation, accessible to all and supported and developed by strong networks and partnerships.
  3. 3. Strategy Timeline Strategy Launched Data Mapping Project concludes The Working Archive awareness campaign Appointment of Surveying Officer Launch of Scottish Business History Network 2011 2013 2012 2014 2015 2016 Speak about strategy engagement at International Council Archives’ conference Published our 17th case study Take part in UK ‘Explore Your Archives’ awareness campaign Held our 21st implementation group meeting BACS create Scotland’s 100 oldest companies project First ‘Meet the Archivists’ workshop Promote use of business archives at WDYTYA live 2010 Consultation draft published
  4. 4. Strategic Goals The National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland was underpinned by a conviction that the records of Scottish businesses were vitally important and provided crucial commentary not only on Scotland’s economic, political and social development, but also on that of the UK and many countries around the world. The Strategy’s four defined goals were to: Raise businesses’ awareness of the value of their archives Raise the public profile of business archives Increase the number of publicly accessible business archive collections Improve standards in the care of business archives
  5. 5. Implementation Group An Implementation Group was formed by volunteers in 2010 from the key stakeholder organisations to ensure that the actions set out in the strategy were implemented. 7 years | 16 members | 12 organisations | 23 meetings
  6. 6. Implementation of the strategy was overseen by a steering group drawing members from private corporate archives, public collecting archives, museums, libraries and key archive bodies. Implementation Created annual action plans for the strategy to track our activities and objectives The group successfully met 86% of the original strategy actions Joint working with our partners in the English and Welsh strategy on UK wide initiatives
  7. 7. Collections Over 200 business archive collections have been deposited in Scottish archives since 2010. The strategy has actively worked to engage with custodians of business archives to promote their value and potential as well as supporting records at risk.
  8. 8. The team was created in 2009 as part of the English & Welsh strategy to represent all parts of the archive sector to organise agreed responses to business archives under threat and it exists to monitor and assist in steering records at risk into suitable homes. In Scotland the team investigated the archives of 26 businesses at risk and saved 13 collections. Including: Crisis Management Team Ferguson Shipbuilders Ltd The Arches Theatre Scottish Resources Group (Scottish Coal)
  9. 9. A full-time Surveying Officer was first appointed by the Business Archives Council of Scotland in 1977. The existence of a Surveying Officer in Scotland has made a huge contribution to the status of the business archives sector in Scotland and helped to ensure that Scotland has a wealth of business and business-related archives. Surveying Officer In 2014, after a 3 year absence a Business Archives Surveying Officer was appointed following a successful collaborative effort to secure funding for the post 30 business archive surveys completed between 2010- 2015 Successful engagement with insolvency practitioners has created new cross-sector links to improve outcomes for records at risk
  10. 10. Advocacy Outreach and engagement has been at the heart of the Strategy and more than 30 different events, campaigns, workshops and opportunities have been used to promote the value of business archives to a wide audience.
  11. 11. In 2013/14 the Working Archive awareness campaign supported the ongoing National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland and explored the stories behind Scottish working life whilst promoting the vital role that archive and records management professionals play in creating and caring for our national heritage. Awareness Campaign A collaborative exhibition held at the National Records of Scotland celebrated Scotland's extraordinary working archives, included 31 rarely-seen documents and objects from 15 of Scotland's archives and museums 55% of archives across Scotland participated in the campaign 10 case studies were published to celebrate Scotland's many extraordinary working lives and the unique stories contained in business archives across Scotland
  12. 12. The Scots at Work exhibition was attended by Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop who welcomed the exhibition as a celebration of: “the diverse heritage of Scotland's businesses, and their products and services. Visitors have the chance to see fascinating evidence of the nation’s companies, consumers and employees at home and abroad over hundreds of years.”
  13. 13. 1 Working Archive gallery featured 150 archive images provided by 23 organisations across Scotland
  14. 14. The strategy’s implementation group managed a business archives stall at the Scottish Council on Archives’ advocacy event at the Scottish Parliament in October 2013. Advocacy at the Scottish Parliament An unprecedented opportunity to talk directly to MSPs about the nature and importance of Scotland’s business archives The Cabinet Secretary referred to archives as being a research tool ‘integral to business’ Business records related to the construction of the Forth Rail Bridge and the Bank of Scotland were displayed
  15. 15. The strategy has strived to connect with individuals and organisations across a variety of sectors including insolvency practitioners, family historians, chambers of commerce, academics and students. Reaching Out Visit by Humza Yousef MSP to the Scottish Business Archive at the University of Glasgow. Visits by Douglas Alexander MP and Annabel Goldie MSP to the Ballast Trust Visits and engagement with politicians A guide to using business records for academic research and for family history Numerous talks and presentations on using business archives including attending WDYTYA Live in 2014 Search guides for users Building new relationships with insolvency practitioners through records at risk work and training events for archivists Insolvency practitioners
  16. 16. To support the Explore Your Archive campaign in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland produced a series of posters based on our case studies highlighting the inspiring and valuable contributions Scottish business archives make to learning, industry and creative pursuits. Explore Your Archives
  17. 17. Projects Scotland has a wealth of business and business related archives and expertise held within active business and collecting repositories. Our ongoing project to create case studies sought to document the innovative and interesting work happening in the sector. Our funded data mapping project aimed to document these collections and improve our understanding of them.
  18. 18. In 2011 the Strategy embarked on a project, funded by the Archives & Records Association, to map Scottish business archive collections. The objective was to gain a better understanding of the business archives already held in Scotland to inform future collecting and encourage greater research use. The project mapped 6,122 collections of which 63% were held by archive repositories, 21% by private bodies, 11% by libraries and 4% by museums. The findings inspired a proposal to survey the business archives held by industrial museums and have also been extensively used by textile historians. Data Mapping Project An extract showing proportion of collections by some industry sectors Shops, Merchants and Distributors Textiles Transport & Communications 13% 11% 10%
  19. 19. 21 case studies published On sectors as varied as shipbuilding, banking, brewing, textiles, publishing, carpet-making, whaling and energy. Demonstrating how business archives can be used to promote, inspire and educate.
  20. 20. “Our heritage is key to our identity and designers often wish to consult the archive for inspiration.” ~ Lorna MacAulay, Harris Tweed Authority "Having archive materials to support brands gives even more credibility than any other message we could transmit." ~ Sarah Castillo, Diageo "Our history gives us a distinct identity in today's competitive market. We are proud to be the custodians of such a significant archive." ~ Susan Rice, Lloyds Banking Group Scotland Case Studies The case studies we have published from a variety of businesses, archives and heritage organisations show how business archive collections are used by businesses, researchers and archive organisations. "Having such a rich and meaningful archive to look back on can really inspire our people to help shape the company we want to be, now and in years to come." ~ Stephen Ingledew, Standard Life “The Tennent’s archive is one of our key assets.” ~ Mike Lees, Tennent’s Lager "The Collins Archive is a deep and varied creative treasure trove, which helps highlight our heritage and inform and enhance our future thinking." ~ Sheena Barclay, HarperCollins Publishers
  21. 21. Resources The strategy published a number of tangible resources as outputs from our advocacy and project work. These aimed to help individuals and organisations that create, care for and use business archives.
  22. 22. The strategy worked with the Business Archives Council of Scotland and the Archives and Records Association Scotland to provide training days on specific aspects of business records. The resources from these training days were made available online. Training A ‘hands-on’ training opportunity using the records of the Alliance Trust to learn more about financial records. Financial Records Training to help custodians understand and describe maps, plans and technical drawings in their collections. Technical Records Training that explored how to engage audiences with photographs, issues of copyright, and how to look after photographic material within archive collections. Photographic Records
  23. 23. Inspired by the successful BAC model of ‘meet the archivist’ days, the strategy has held 3 workshops to encourage researchers to make the most of business archives collections. Meet the Archivists Workshop brought together academics and archivists to discuss and explore with students how business archive collections can be used for their research. 2012 Workshop brought together academics and archivists to discuss and explore with students how business archive collections can be used for their research with a focus on design and creative use of collections. 2013 Workshop brought together academics and archivists to discuss and explore with students how business archive collections can be used with a focus on oral history collections and genealogical research. 2014
  24. 24. 201620152014201320122011 Royal Bank of Scotland becomes first accredited business archive in Scotland 02 03 04 05 06 07 New corporate archivists appointed at Standard Life and HarperCollins Publishers New corporate archivist appointed at DC Thomson New corporate archivist appointed at SSE 2010 01 Three business collections inscribed to UNESCO UK Memory of the World register from RBS, NLS and Bank of Scotland collections Highlights of the Scottish Business Archives Landscape Royal Bank of Scotland Archives and The National Library of Scotland: Company of Scotland Trading to Africa and the Indies 1695-1707 inscribed to UNESCO UK Memory of the World register Tennents Lager celebrates 130th anniversary with archive inspired packaging Scottish Canals launch a heritage strategy John Murray archive collection is deposited at NLS Diageo Archive celebrated its 20th anniversary The Scotch Whisky Association celebrates 100 years with exhibitions in Glasgow and Edinburgh Britain From Above - Scotland’s Industrial Might, exhibition of Aerofilms Ltd tours the country Establishment and launch of the Scottish Business History Network
  25. 25. A not-for-profit Scottish Business History Network will ensure that the work the Strategy has begun will continue and evolve. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in business archives and business history in Scotland and beyond, both individuals and institutions. The aim of the new Network is to connect all those with an interest in Scottish business history and business archives in a way which: A Sustainable Future Develops communication, partnerships and networks Increases awareness and access Provides leadership, education and training

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