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1 Roy Edwards - University of Southampton Keith Harcourt – HMRS Co-Founders – The Archives and Artefacts Study Network Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy?

2 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? The National Coalition for History - USA Nearly every program of interest to the historical and archival communities have cuts from 2011 Wagons-Lits Archive and Collection sold The Silk Mill Industrial Museum Derby, a World Heritage site was mothballed at short notice in Photo: Derby City Council

3 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? How can the community of amateur historians and enthusiasts work with those in the academic/education community to ensure that these records will be available for future generations to use? Faced with the circumstances, our question is:

4 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? The survival of records and artefacts is best ensured by their use: - Education: 5-16 years old – History is there, but who knows where next. - No undergraduate degrees in business or technological history. - No departments of business history (BHU at LSE). - Media – Video Conferences, Radio and Television. - Manufacturing is suddenly important again. - Engineering is being seen as the saviour of the British economy - Museums are starting to have links with colleges who use their material

5 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? Who are the stakeholders of business/technological history? Aviation enthusiasts Motor Vehicle enthusiasts Railway enthusiasts Academics working in archives or with artefacts Ship enthusiasts Urban exploration practitioners

6 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? Academics, Professional Museum Curators and Archivists have agendas that vary from those of the Enthusiast, but ALL need the records, artefacts and the ideas that arise from them. We have common cause, but how do we articulate this?

7 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? We need to co-operate: 1.Preservation 2.Use of Archives & Artefacts 3.How do we let people know? Paul Garrret – HMRS Drawing Archivist, Dr Terry Gourvish – Chair of the Business Archives Council, Margaret Garret – HMRS Secretary, Dr Roy Edwards – Univ. of Soton and Clive Walton Evans – Chair HMRS in the HMRS Drawings Archive discussing these issues as A2SN was founded

8 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? But not only do we talk – we hold conferences Why not come and join us?

9 Archives, Artefacts, Amateurs & Academics Alliance or Atrophy? Thanks for listening Roy and Keith


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