Resources

Support and advice for businesses, archivists and users


Section for Business Records Summer Seminar 2017

‘How to promote and market your archive’

Delegates attending the SBR AGM at the start of the Seminar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Panel Session led by BAC Chair Mike Anson, including all our speakers as well as Emma King from Butlins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Online resources now available from the Section for Business Records Summer Seminar held at The Peel Group on Thursday 11th May 2017:


 

Section for Business Records Summer Seminar 2016

Delegates photo taken at the British Motor Museum

 

 

 

Delegates photo taken at the British Motor Museum as part of the Section for Business Records Summer Seminar, 23rd June 2016 

 

 

  

Panel session at the Section for Business Records Summer Seminar

 

 

 

Panel session at the Section for Business Records Summer Seminar lead by Mike Anson, Chair of the Business Archives

      

 

 

Online resources now available from the Section for Business Records Summer Seminar held at the British Motor Museum on Thursday 23rd June 2016


Online resources on business archives

Training material on different types of business records, guides for researchers, advice for businesses, educational resources: 

Financial records: overview of the history of accounting; common types of records and their function; issues of appraisal

Technical records: understanding technical records; describing and using maps and plansmaking technical records more accessible

Corporate Memory: a guide to managing business archives

Guides to researching business history: business records held in the UK; researching records of a business; companies and businesses records; mines and mining records; tracing people in business and trades

Podcasts: new initiatives and developments; finding company archives; case studies: 'The role of the past at Fortnum and Mason' and the 'Roche Historical Collections and Archive' 

Internet for Archives: guide on how to use online resources to find archive or primary sources material for your research

Glossary of business records: some definitions of types of business records, from the Royal Bank of Scotland archive.

Interactive educational resource: discover the world of finance past and present, from the Baring archive.

Using Archives: A Guide for the Inexperienced: guide on how to find and use archives, from the Archives Hub website.


Resources for students

Business records are a valuable resource of information for students and academics doing research in a variety of subjects. To name some: social, financial, business, economic, and business history; architecture; manufacturing; engineering; fashion; marketing.

Where do I start?

First of all you need to find out where the records are and if they are accessible. The best place to start is The National Archives catalogue The National Archives website.

Records of local businesses are often kept at local record offices. You can find their contact details using The National Archives website.

Many companies keep their records and make them available to the public. Check individual company website's for details.

Below you can find a list of useful websites and guides on how to locate business records and how to use them.

Companies House website: to find out information about UK companies, including previous names and if they have been dissolved.

Reading list for those starting out researching a company's history, from the Business Archives Council website.

Guide for researchers using business archive, from Business Archives Council of Scotland.

Guide to key records held by businesses, from the Managing Business Archives website.

Guide to users of business archives, from the Scottish Council on Archives.

Guides to researching business history, from the UK National Archives: business records held in the UK; researching records of a business; companies and businesses records; mines and mining records; tracing people in business and trades.

Internet for Archives: guide on how to use online resources to find archive or primary sources material for your research.

Using Archives: A Guide for the Inexperienced: guide on how to find and use archives, from the Archives Hub website.

Financial records: overview of the history of accounting; common types of records and their function; issues of appraisal. From the Business Archives Council of Scotland website.

There are many associations that are always available for help and advice. See 'Support for businesses, archivists and users' above.

You can also download our leaflet.


Business History websites

Resources for business historians and researchers:

Association of Business Historians

European Association for Banking and Financial History

European Business History Association

Centre for Business History in Scotland

LSE Business History Unit

The Business History Conference


Continuing Professional Development for business archivists

Business Archives and Records module, Centre for Archive and Information Studies, University for Dundee