Guest Blog

Distilling the Archives – A review

Review by Matthew Abel I was privileged to be awarded the free place at this year’s British Records Association (BRA) conference, Distilling the Archives: The Records of the Drinks Industry in the UK, held in London on 5 October. I am not a BRA member and this was my first time attending a BRA event, but the theme appealed to me as I am writing a history of the former Ind Coope brewery in Romford, East London - the town where I grew up and where I had my first experience of heritage work in the local museum which now occupies part of the old brewery site. I hoped that ...

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Creative Encounters: Art in the Archives Conference Review

A group of people at a conference watching a panel answer questions
by Jessye Persse, Library, Information and Archive Assistant, Stockport Council Photographs by BRA Secretary Amanda Engineer As an artist and graduate of an Illustration degree - who is also currently undertaking an apprenticeship in Library, Information and Archive Services at Stockport Local Heritage Library – I was immediately drawn to the Creative Encounters conference as it combined both of my worlds. I was fortunate enough to attend after submitting a written application for a free place from the British Records Association, organisers of the conference. ...

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‘Why Archives Matter’ a review

A guest blog by Dr. Alice Prochaska, co-chair of the 'Why Archives Matter' webinar and member of the BRA's Archives Advocacy Group The Shock of the Record:Archives and Truth webinar series addresses the world-wide crisis of misinformation in what we might term an era of ‘post truth’.  A recent article in the New York Times refers to ‘the babble of orchestrated mendacity.’ Cynicism about public sources of information is rife.  We need to know what we can trust, how to evaluate the information that is produced in a proliferating range of forms, from tradit...

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