The Scottish Council on Archives supports business archives in Scotland and this section of the website contains an overview and more information about business archives as well as the National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland.
2011 was an exciting time for business archives in Scotland with the development and launch of a National Strategy for Business Archives in Scotland. It will make business archives in Scotland valued, representative of economic activity and innovation and accessible to all in order to ensure the survival of the nation’s important business records and industrial heritage.
In 2012 we will be taking forward the implementation of the strategy through the work of the Implementation Group.
Information is available on:
- The strategy and its implementation.
- The benefits business archive collections can offer business and society.
- Case studies showing how business archives can be used as a business asset.
- Resources to help creators, custodians and users to manage and access business archive collections.
- The key collections in Scotland.
News and updates are available from our blog.
Status of Business Archives in Scotland
Currently, the Scottish business archive community is in a strong position thanks to many years hard work led by the National Archives of Scotland, the Business Archives Council of Scotland (BACS) and the University of Glasgow Archive Services.
Scotland has a well-established corporate archives sector and a wealth of business and related records are in the custody of public archives, museums, universities, libraries and communities. Many businesses retain their own records which have been surveyed and made accessible through the National Register of Archives for Scotland.
The records of Scottish businesses, business-related bodies and industrialists provide 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. It is crucial that they are valued, representative of economic activity and innovation, accessible to all and supported and developed by strong networks and partnerships.