In 2005 John Lewis appointed architects to design and build a flagship store in Leicester city centre as part of a major development project to regenerate the city centre. The design brief was to create a unique and dramatic frontage for the new store reflecting the identity of the city of Leicester, which has a long and significant heritage in the design and production of textiles.
To give access to the iron and steel industrial heritage of Teesside held in the archives of the British Steel Corporation by transferring the records to public ownership in a collaborative venture with the University of Teesside and Teesside Archives.
To introduce records and archive management principles to the capture and preservation of bbc.co.uk (originally BBC Online) ensuring that web design, content and user experience are kept as records of past broadcasts; fulfilling legal and cultural obligations as public service broadcaster; supporting research and reuse.
Working in collaboration with designer Thomas Heatherwick Studio, the company archives team was tasked with creating an art installation for the foyer of HSBC’s Foster and Associates head office building at Canary Wharf.
To support Coutts’ 2010 sponsorship of London Fashion Week by highlighting historical connections with clothing, fabrics and fashion-related trades such as dressmaking and tailoring. Coutts sponsored a new designer, Louise Goldin, to design a dress. This was made of 100-year-old paper and the archives were asked to provide background on how paper had featured in the banks 300-year history.
To create a ‘hot product’ for the 2009 season’s men’s fashion collection by drawing inspiration from vintage designs and patterns in the John Lewis textile archive.
To produce a new global brand, a “modern beauty classic”, that has the authentic look and feel of a 1920s beauty product range in terms of formulation (traditional ingredients) and merchandising (vintage packaging, nomenclature and style). Collaboration between archives and product development teams needs to deliver authenticity and integrity in product identity, without compromising quality or efficacy.
To support a public media campaign by BT Health promoting the company’s long standing relationship with the National Health Service in providing communications products and services to improve patient services. The campaign coincided with the 60th anniversary of the NHS in July 2008.
To develop materials to support multi-tiered induction programmes for head office staff, fast-track graduates, pharmacists, warehousing and stores staff ensuring they assimilate key company values and an appreciation of the company’s history and business culture, and corporate social responsibility achievements.
Lloyds Banking Group was formed in 2009, following the acquisition of HBOS by Lloyds TSB. Group Property, in consultation with Group Archives, undertook to create a series of graphics for display in high-profile office sites, charting the history of the new Group and communicating its core values. The graphics would consist of a timeline, representing the history of the main brands, and a series of values panels, demonstrating the five key values of the Group.
To launch Johnnie Walker Blue Label King George V as a premium brand in the Spanish market. To illustrate and underpin the provenance, heritage and “luxury” status of the new brand, the archive team need to participate in a series of high profile media briefings and launch events, using original archives and artefacts to tell the story of the new brand.
Working in collaboration with London Metropolitan Archives, the regional archives for London run by the City of London Corporation, the owners of Bogle-L’Ouverture loaned their extensive publishing archive to be preserved for posterity within public sector archives.