Monday 23 June 2014

PRONI gets down to business

The Public Record Office of Northern Ireland is to hold a special full-day public workshop to explore the world of business archives. Entitled 'By air, sea and land – transport and mobility through the archives', it will be held on Monday 8 September. Here's the description from PRONI:

'Many voluntary groups across the UK and Ireland specialise in preserving, interpreting and celebrating business heritage collections and archives. Often however, these groups find it difficult to get their voices heard and encounter barriers when attempting to collaborate with academics, archivists and museum professionals working in this field.

This workshop at PRONI aims to address this problem by bringing practitioners and volunteers together to encourage dialogue and learning; and to enhance understanding of current and future events and initiatives. The workshop will also act as an excellent forum for members of the public to get to grips with this part of our collective history, as well as provide inspiration for future research and development.

Belfast has long been noted as a centre of transport ingenuity; from ship building and aviation; to pneumatic tyres and sports cars. As the main repository for business archives in Belfast, and Northern Ireland as a whole, PRONI represents a perfect location to host this event.

The workshop is organised by A2SN, the Archives and Artefacts Study Network. It is being supported by The Historical Model Railway Society; the Business Archives Council; and the Postal History Society. This will be the fourth such workshop arranged by these groups, which to date have led to many fruitful collaborations, creating a stronger, more unified voice for promoting business heritage.'

Download the full programme for the day (pdf 2.39MB).

The event will be held at PRONI, Titanic Boulevard, Belfast from 9:30am to 4:30pm, with a Workshop Networking event on board the SS Nomadic taking place from 5pm.

Fee: £20 per person, including refreshments and lunch at PRONI. It's payable to A2SN. An additional £3, again payable to A2SN, will be charged for those attending the SS Nomadic event. Payment is due on booking.