Business Archives Council News

The BAC Wadsworth Prize was awarded to Greg Finch this year for his book The Blacketts: A Northern Dynasty’s Rise, Crisis and Redemption, published by Tyne Bridge Publishing in 2021. It has been reviewed in Business History by John Wilson. 

Because the BAC’s Annual Research Support Bursary had not been awarded since 2018, three grants were made, to: 

  • Chris Corker, to support the completion of a project on the history of stainless steel
  • Lewis Smith, to access the National Gas Archive and History of Advertising Trust to analyse how nationalised industries fed into issues such as gender, masculinity and public service
  • Emma West, for her project ‘Art in the Pub: Democracy, Community and Gender’, which will explore how brewers made arts and cultural activities available to pubgoers from the 1930s to the 1960s. 

The BAC Cataloguing Grant was awarded was given to the Arts University Bournemouth for work on the Thorp Modelmaking Archive, a unique collection of photographs and documents recording the history of the oldest architectural modelmakers in Britain. The company was founded in 1883. 

Some ABH members may also be unaware of the sad news that Lesley Richmond died on 28 September. Lesley was the former University Archivist, where she managed the Scottish Business Archive, and Deputy Director of the Centre for Business History in Scotland, both at the University of Glasgow. She wrote extensively about business archives and produced several guides to business archive collections, as well as undertaking surveys of business archives still in private hands. Many business history researchers will have benefitted from her knowledge and expertise.

Call for Coleman Prize for Best PhD Dissertation

Association of Business Historians Annual Conference
Newcastle Business School
Northumbria University
30 June-1 July 2023

Named in honour of the British business historian Donald Coleman (1920-1995), this prize is awarded annually by the Association of Business Historians to recognise excellence in new research in Britain. It is open to PhD dissertations in Business History (broadly defined) either having a British subject or completed at a British university. All dissertations completed in the previous year (2022) to that of the Prize are eligible. In keeping with the ABH’s broad understanding of business history, applications are strongly encouraged from candidates in economic history, social history, labour history, intellectual history, cultural history, environmental history, the history of science and technology, the history of medicine, or any other subfield. The value of the prize is £500, sponsored by the Taylor & Francis Group, a scholarly publisher. To be eligible for the Prize, finalists must present their findings in person at the Association’s annual conference, held on 29th June-1st July 2023. A complete list of previous winners may be found at: http://www.gla.ac.uk/external/ABH/coleman.html

How to Apply for the Coleman Prize

Supervisors are encouraged to nominate recent PhDs, and self-nominations are also strongly welcomed. Please send a PDF including the title of your PhD dissertation and a brief abstract (up to 2 double-spaced pages) to christine.leslie@glasgow.ac.uk by 24 February 2023. Shortlisted candidates will be requested to submit electronic copies of their theses 17 March 2023. Finalists will be notified by 14 April 2023.

Everyone appearing on the programme must register for the meeting. PhD students whose papers are accepted for the meeting may apply for funds to partially defray their travel costs by applying to the Francesca Carnevali Travel Grant for PhD Students. A limited number of scholarships are available from the Francesca Carnevali fund of the ABH to contribute towards the travel, accommodation and registration costs of students doing a PhD in the United Kingdom, who are presenting in the Slaven Workshop, the ABH conference or the Coleman Prize.

Further details can be found at – https://www.gla.ac.uk/external/ABH