Crisis Management Team for Business Archives

The team co-ordinates efforts to preserve business records in cases of liquidations, administrations, takeovers and other circumstances where records may be in danger. The idea is to share and maximise intelligence, given that many liquidations may receive only local or regional press coverage. Also, many businesses relate to more than one city or region and are of interest to more than one collecting repository, which demands a co-ordinated approach.

The group can agree an appropriate response and nominate a suitable person from among their number to carry the matter forward by advising the business in question, as well as liaising with relevant repositories. They will seek advice and assistance from other interested parties as they deem appropriate.

Initially formed in 2009, the team is committed to this role as envisaged in the national business archives strategies for England and Wales, and for Scotland.

Kiara King and Richard Wiltshire co-hosted the Archives and Records Association Section for Business Records Twitter special @archivehour on business archives and crisis on 29 March 2018. View a snapshot of the tweet discussion from @ricshire here: and a blog about the session has also been created.

Contact details for crisis management team:

Rachael Muir, Business Archives Surveying Officer. Principal contact for business archives in Scotland. Tel. 01505 328488. Website

Kiara King, Archivist for the Ballast Trust, a charitable foundation that provides a rescue, sorting and cataloguing service for business archives, with an emphasis on technical records. Specialist adviser for business archives in Scotland. Tel. 01505 328488. Website

Philippa Turner, Sector Development Manager, London and Business. The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 4DU. 0208 0167153. 

Peter Scott, Professor of International Business History, Henley Business School at the University of Reading, PO BOX 218, Whiteknights, Reading RG6 6AA. Tel. 01183 785435. Specialist on international companies and companies in the retail and consumer goods sectors.

Maria Sienkiewicz, Group Archivist, Barclays Group Archives, Dallimore Road, Wythenshawe, Manchester M23 9JA. Tel. 0161 946 3036. Principal contact for business archives in the North of England.

Victoria Northwood, Vice Chair of the British Records Association, 70 Cowcross Street, London, EC1M 6EJ. Records at Risk lead for the  British Records Association.

Richard Wiltshire, Richard Wiltshire, Archive Manager, Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives (from 6 April 2020; formerly Senior Archivist-Business Archives, London Metropolitan Archives). Tel. 07813 740045. Specialist on business archives in the Greater London and South East area, trustee of the Business Archives Council.

Vicky Jones, Business Manager, Archives and Records Council Wales, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 3BU.  Tel. 01970 632546.

Mary Gregson, Secretary, ARA Section for Business Records