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Thomas Cook archive

Postby junkers » Mon Sep 23, 2019 9:17 pm

It is worrying that apart from people losing their jobs and travel arrangements being curtailed that the archive may be at risk. There are a few (eight) records of Thomas Cook in series RAIL 1000 at The National Archives, when Thomas Cook was under Government control. In theory TNA should be looking at what should/can be done, they are supposed to be leading the archive world, obviously the logical place would be Northamptonshire archives given their HQ is in Northampton, but given the archive's financial problems that is not an option.
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Re: Thomas Cook archive

Postby ermin79 » Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:37 pm

The issue has been raised within the archives community and according to this link the Records Office for Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland are currently involved in discussions over the future of the archive:

https://www.jiscmail.ac.uk/cgi-bin/weba ... A&P=R44956

A previous post suggests the Business Archives Council are also involved in rescue / preservation efforts.
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Re: Thomas Cook archive

Postby junkers » Sat Oct 12, 2019 5:46 pm

I received this reply from The National Archives "Thank you for getting in touch with us about the archives of Thomas Cook, as you can imagine there has been a lot of interest already generated in the archives sector and on social media.

Thomas Cook has entered Compulsory Liquidation and is now under the control of the Official Receiver (https://thomascook.caa.co.uk/liquidation/). The future of the corporate archive, which until earlier this year was managed in-house Thomas Cook’s archivist, is therefore at risk.

The Crisis Management Team for Business Archives will in the following two weeks contact the Official Receiver, KPMG LLP and Thomas Cook to keep communication channels open. The Crisis Team is gathering a list of interested repositories at the moment, through Dr Mike Anson, Archives Officer for the Association of Business Historians. Dr Anson is also gathering evidence of the archival research value and wider uses of the collection from those who have used it".
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