Annual Conference 2017

The British Records Association Annual Conference

SHOPS AND SHOPPING IN THE ARCHIVES: A NATION OF RECORDKEEPERS?

Beckenham High Street and George Inn, 1930s. Bromley Historic Collections

WHEN: Thursday, November 30, 2017

WHERE: 70 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6EJ [Map and Directions]

COST: £70 BRA members / £80 Non-members / £40 Students/Unwaged

 

PROGRAMME

09.40 Registration and coffee

10.10 Welcome

10.20 ‘Elite Shopping in Georgian London: Geographies and Practices’.

Professor Jon Stobart, Manchester Metropolitan University, Co-editor of journal History of Retailing and Consumption

11.00Safe in the London Department Stores?: Preserving their History’

Discussion panel with archivists Andrea Tanner (Fortnum and Mason); Sebastian Wormell (Harrods); Judy Faraday (John Lewis); Jan Foster (Selfridges); Alison Kenny (Liberty’s at Westminster Archives)

11.45​The Most Dangerous Enemies to Shopkeepers in General: Researching the Hazards of 18th Century Shoplifting’

Shelley Tickell, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Hertfordshire.

12.20 ‘Gleaning from Fragments: Piecing Together the Story of High Street Shopping

Alan Crosby, independent scholar and Editor, The Local Historian

13.00 BUFFET LUNCH

14.10 ‘Researching Men and Shopping in Britain, c. 1880-1939

Professor Laura Ugolini, University of Wolverhampton and Director of CHORD (the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution)

14.50 ‘Retail Change on the Record: the John Sainsbury Journal and Self-Service Food Shopping’

Phil Lyon, Affiliate Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, Umeå University, Sweden

15.30 BREAK FOR TEA OR COFFEE

15.50 ‘Crisis on the High Street: Salvaging the Archives of Britain’s Retail Leviathans’

Professor Peter Scott, Henley Business School, University of Reading

16.20 ‘Closing Stores: Archives at Risk’

Short presentations and discussions on closed stores with updates on their records at risk with Professor Peter Scott (University of Reading); Alex Ritchie (The National Archives), BHS and the TNA project Crisis Team; Richard Wiltshire (London Metropolitan Archives), Examples of business records including Austin Reed and the Edinburgh Woollen Mills.

16.45 CONFERENCE WRAP-UP

17.00 END OF CONFERENCE

There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after each paper.

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