What we changed
Alix influenced how the Partnership understands and communicates its pay policy but the scope of projects co-designed with archivists is “as wide as the archival collections themselves and as ambitious as your business needs it to be” according to Alix.
By adopting this approach, she has shown how researchers, not just historians, can influence anything from railway station design to helping theatres reach new audiences.
Working with archivists from organisations including Transport for London, the National Theatre, and Boots, she is writing new guidelines for business archivists to help them co-design projects with academics based on the innovative John Lewis model.
“This research has really got business archivists talking. It shows us that our archives are relevant to current decision-making, and that if we think more strategically about their research value and build lasting relationships with the academic community we can turn them into valuable business resources,” said Erin Lee, Head of Archive at the National Theatre.
“The collaborative nature of Dr Green’s work is highly innovative. Helping organisations ‘think historically’ and to use their archives to understand how policy can be shaped and developed, provides an interesting role for historians in shaping public policy now,” added Rebecca Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer, Historical Association.
Archive images courtesy of Judy Faraday, John Lewis Partnership Archives