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For Archivists

Business records can benefit from specialist knowledge when processing them and making them available to the public.  The Business Archives Council of Scotland are specialists in business archives and can help organisations to list their business collections, clear identified backlogs and make business archives accessible to users.  

The Ballast Trust can also help archives with collections of technical records by offering advice on managing and understanding technical plans, drawings and photographs and in some cases a processing service to catalogue collections.

Technical records

On Tuesday 4th December the BACS and ARA Scotland Region held a training day about technical records and how archivists can manage and use them. Resources from the day will be made available here. 

  • Understanding Technical Records - presentation by Kiara King, Ballast Trust Archivist
  • Appraisal of Architectural Records - presentation by Kirsty Lingstadt, The Royal Commission on Ancient and Historical Monuments
  • Where is it? Describing and using maps and plans - presentation by Paula Williams, National Library of Scotland
  • Instruments of Power - a project by Paul Sillitoe that aims to develop new ways to make technical drawings more accessible for researchers, by making them more understandable for archivists. Find out more about the project.

Financial records 

The BACS has shared the Financial Training Resources from an event held in 2008 on financial records at the Museum on the Mound, Edinburgh.   This training was aimed at archivists who care for collections that include financial records. The training included an overview of the history of accounting, the common types of records found and their function and look at the issues of appraisal.