On the record

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Sir Charles Hi­lary Jenk­in­son, ‘the fa­ther of Bri­tish Archiv­ing’, worked for the Public Record Of­fice (PRO) and his Man­ual of Ar­chive Ad­min­is­tra­tion, first pub­lished in 1922, set the in­dus­try stan­dard

The PRO moved from Chancery Lane in WC1 in the 1990s into the new Na­tional Ar­chive at Kew. Here, 1,000 years of records and award-win­ning re­search re­sources for teach­ers and stu­dents are brought to­gether un­der one roof. The Na­tional Ar­chive is a non-min­is­te­rial Gov­ern­men­tal depart­ment

Marks & Spencer has a state-of-the-art fa­cil­ity within Leeds Univer­sity, in which doc­u­ments and mer­chan­dise from as far back as 1884 are pre­served, cat­a­logued and dis­played

Huge ar­chives for Unilever—the global sup­plier of con­sumer goods— are kept in Port Sun­light near Liver­pool. The old­est doc­u­ments date back to the 13th cen­tury and well­known brands such as Per­sil, Lux, Mar­mite and Wall’s all fea­ture

Re­tail ar­chives are in­creas­ingly recog­nised as im­por­tant tools for modern mar­ket­ing de­part­ments. In in­dus­tries such as whisky—in which tra­di­tional arts, time and pa­tience are cru­cial com­po­nents of mak­ing a suc­cess­ful prod­uct—the ben­e­fit of old pho­tos, char­ac­ters, doc­u­ments and ma­chin­ery has re­sulted in sev­eral brands launch­ing their own ar­chives

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