A National Strategy for
Business Archives in
Scotland: encouraging new
kinds of engagement
Kiara King, Ballast Trust Archi...
Vision
Business archives in Scotland will become even more
valuable, representative of economic activity and innovation,
a...
Business Archives in Scotland
• Scotland has rich business archive collections
• Status of business archives stronger than...
What does our engagement look like?
Online Presence
www.scottisharchives.org.uk/businessarchives
Case Studies
Guidance & Training
• Meet the Archivists
• BACS/ARA Training Days
• Financial records
• Technical records
• Photographic ...
The Working Archive
The Working Archive campaign aimed to encourage archives,
their users and the public at large to celeb...
Social Media: Twitter & Blogging
@workingarchive
www/workingarchive.wordpress.com
Explore Your Archives
Repurposed case study
content and images using
‘explore’ templates
Allowed us to easily
participate ...
Events & Exhibitions
Scots at Work, May 2013
SCA’s
Business
Archive Day
at the
Scottish
Parliament
Reporting: Year 2 Review
Implementation Group
• Essential to engage with our own implementers and wider
stakeholders
• Active and dynamic group kee...
Challenges
• Implementing a strategy
without a dedicated strategy
officer
• Securing buy-in from archives
• Engaging with ...
Plans & Priorities
• Records at Risk & targeting Insolvency Practitioners
• Toolkit for engaging with academics
• Joint wo...
Thanks
www.scottisharchives.org.uk/businessarchives
@workingarchive
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A National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland: encouraging new kinds of engagement

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Presentation given at the 2014 ICA Section for Business and Labour Archives' conference in London. The presentation was about Scotland's National Strategy for Business Archives and our progress since the launch of the strategy in January 2011.

Find out more about the Strategy online http://www.scottisharchives.org.uk/businessarchives and follow us @workingarchive

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A National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland: encouraging new kinds of engagement

  1. 1. A National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland: encouraging new kinds of engagement Kiara King, Ballast Trust Archivist
  2. 2. 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. Business Archives in Scotland • Scotland has rich business archive collections • Status of business archives stronger than elsewhere in the UK? Is this true and why? • A holistic approach to collecting business archives • Role of the Surveying Officer since 1977 (recently re- established in 2014) • Tradition of strong sector support and partnership working led by BACS, National Records of Scotland, the National Register of Archives for Scotland and the University of Glasgow and recently Scottish Council on Archives • Advantages of being a small country
  4. 4. What does our engagement look like?
  5. 5. Online Presence www.scottisharchives.org.uk/businessarchives
  6. 6. Case Studies
  7. 7. Guidance & Training • Meet the Archivists • BACS/ARA Training Days • Financial records • Technical records • Photographic records • Training for museum colleagues on archives management • Sessions with HATII and CAIS students
  8. 8. The Working Archive The Working Archive campaign aimed to encourage archives, their users and the public at large to celebrate the heritage of Scotland’s businesses; the records of the products and services they delivered; and the legacy of working Scots of all kinds - whether in business, farming, healthcare, education, the church or government. • 62,000 website views • c. 60% of archives participated • Visit from Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs to exhibit at National Records of Scotland • 150 images of working lives submitted • Participation in awareness day at Scottish Parliament
  9. 9. Social Media: Twitter & Blogging @workingarchive www/workingarchive.wordpress.com
  10. 10. Explore Your Archives Repurposed case study content and images using ‘explore’ templates Allowed us to easily participate in UK national awareness campaign Gave case studies a second life
  11. 11. Events & Exhibitions Scots at Work, May 2013 SCA’s Business Archive Day at the Scottish Parliament
  12. 12. Reporting: Year 2 Review
  13. 13. Implementation Group • Essential to engage with our own implementers and wider stakeholders • Active and dynamic group keeps strategy moving forward into our 4th year
  14. 14. Challenges • Implementing a strategy without a dedicated strategy officer • Securing buy-in from archives • Engaging with the right audiences… • Connecting with business • Digital records
  15. 15. Plans & Priorities • Records at Risk & targeting Insolvency Practitioners • Toolkit for engaging with academics • Joint working with English & Welsh strategy • Chambers of Commerce • Corporate responsibility indices 5 year strategy
  16. 16. Thanks www.scottisharchives.org.uk/businessarchives @workingarchive

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