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Hear about Rochester Avionic Archives' creation, management, and plans, and the latest from the Aviation and Aerospace Archive Initiative.

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This event is organised by the Aviation and Aerospace Archives Initiative. It will begin with a pre-recorded talk given by Chris Bartlett of Rochester Avionic Archives, located at BAE Systems’ Rochester site. Chris will tell the story of the establishment of the collection of objects and archival material by a group of ex-employees, who now manage both on a voluntary basis. He will also discuss how they have become an important resource supporting the company and business of BAE Systems. The talk will conclude with a showcase of some of the highlights of the collection.

Chris will then be live in discussion with Tony Pilmer, Librarian and Archivist at the Royal Aeronautic Society, to talk more about Rochester Avionic Archives and to take questions from the audience. There will also be a chance to hear about the latest activities of the Aviation and Aerospace Archives Initiative.

About Rochester Avionic Archives:

The BAE Systems site at Rochester has gone through many changes of name and can trace its ancestry back to the original company founded by William Elliott in 1804; to many people the site is still known as ‘Elliotts’. The large collection of avionic hardware items together with an archive of films, documents, videos, brochures and newspapers goes back to 1950 but was brought together in 2005.

About Chris Bartlett:

Chris joined BAE Systems in 1972 and was involved in the design, development and programme management of avionics. His final position with BAE Systems was as Chief Technologist with responsibility for the strategic development of technologies into current or new business areas. He is a chartered engineer and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Medal from the Institution of Engineering and Technology. He took early retirement in 2005 and led on the establishment of Rochester Avionic Archives, where he is now Curator.

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