Archive Services hosted a visit today of 9 archivists from the Archive Centre in Örebro in the heart of Sweden. They were recently awarded the accolade of being the best archive in Sweden and they are using the prize to undertake a study tour to become even better. Following a viewing of the new Archive Services video they went on a behind the scenes tour of the facilities and collections before exchanging ideas and information on archive practice in Örebro and Glasgow. At the end of the visit they presented us with some copies of letters written in the 1870s by Alfred Nobel, the inventor of dynamite, when he was in Glasgow developing his Scottish company, the British Dynamite Company Limited which established a factory at Ardeer in Ayrshire. The first chairman of the company was Charles Randolph a major University benefactor after whom the Randolph Hall is named. Örebro Archives hold the archives of the Nobel company in Sweden and Archive Services hold records of the British Dynamite Company Limited including photographs and financial and production records from the 1870s to the 1900s.
Women mixing dynamite at Nobel's Ardeer Factory, 1897
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