Donald Brothers: Working to Conserve Textile Heritage

Exciting news! We also have an archive of Donald Brothers material: http://archiveshub.ac.uk/data/gb1694-dc037

The Working Archive

Who: Donald Brothers Collection
Job: Conservator
Where: Galashiels
When: 2011
Archive: Heriot-Watt University Heritage and Information Governance

Heritage and Information Governance at Heriot-Watt University has just completed the first stage of a large project to conserve, rehouse and photograph the large fabric samples from Dundee firm Donald Brothers.

Donald Brothers was one of the leading Scottish firms designing and manufacturing furnishing fabrics in the 20th century. Growing out of the jute industry the firm initially produced canvases for sacks and sails but by the 1890s had moved into making textured canvases and figured linens for furnishings. The firm’s success was initially linked to the Arts and Crafts movement in both Britain and the United States and in the 20th century started producing printed as well as woven designs. The firm was highly regarded for the quality of their fabric and used leading designers such as Marion Dorn, Robert Stewart, Eva…

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BACS Meet the Archivists workshop for artists, architects and designers

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The Business Archives Council of Scotland is holding its 2nd Meet the Archivists day on Friday 20th September at the Edinburgh College of Art.

The aim of the Meet the Archivists event is to bring together academics and archivists to discuss and explore with students how business archive collections can be used for their research. This year they are focusing on creative and design use of business archives, so the event is primarily aimed at college of art students, architectural and design students.

working-archive-logo-transparent-largeThe workshop is part of the current Working Archive campaign to increase awareness of the importance of business archives. You can find out more in our previous blog post about the campaign and the coinciding Scotland at Work exhibition, and on the Working Archive blog.

Further details will be available soon on the Scottish Council on Archives website. We’ll keep you posted!

Scots at Work: Celebrating Scotland’s Extraordinary Working Archives

A new exhibition called Scots at Work: Celebrating Scotland’s Extraordinary Working Archives is currently running at The National Records of Scotland. Celebrating Scotland’s extraordinary working archives, the exhibition including rarely-seen documents and objects from Scotland’s archives and museums, as well as the National Records of Scotland.

From Antarctic adventure to tartan, from banking to engineering, and from coal to the world’s best-selling whisky, this exhibition celebrates the diverse heritage of Scotland’s businesses, and their products and services. Scotland’s working archives provide fascinating evidence of the nation’s companies, consumers and employees at home and abroad over hundreds of years.

Six key areas represent the lives of Scots at work. They highlight Scotland’s precious archival legacy, and the special role that archives play in preserving it for the benefit of all.

  • Distilling and brewing
  • Finance
  • Fishing and agriculture
  • Heavy industry and manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Textiles

For artists and designers the textiles section may be of particular interest.

working-archive-logo-transparent-largeThe exhibition is part of the Working Archive awareness campaign, which aims to encourage archives, their users and the public at large to celebrate the heritage of Scotland’s businesses; the records of the products and services they delivered; and the legacy of working Scots of all kinds – whether in business, farming, healthcare, education, the church or government.

The campaign also seeks to illuminate how archives themselves work. It is an opportunity to raise awareness of the special role that archivists play in communities, and on behalf of the organisations and users they serve. In short, the campaign is a celebration of Scotland’s extraordinary ‘working archives’.

A fantastic gallery of images is available to view online and is an excellent resource and possible source of inspiration.

The exhibition is at The Adam Dome room in General Register House at the National Records of Scotland. It’s on now and runs until Friday 21st June. This free exhibition is open Monday – Friday 9:00 to 4:30 (closed 6 May).You can find out more about the exhibition here