Chairman Speaks at Archives Awareness Event, 5th November 2008

Posted: 21 January 2009

On the 5th of November 2008, the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APG) on Archives met at the House of Lords to mark the centenary of the 1908 Pensions Act and to discuss the history of pensions provision in the UK.

Chairman of The Pensions Archive Trust, Alan Herbert, was a member of the guest panel invited to the event, which included Frank Field MP (Minister for Welfare Reform under Tony Blair's government), Lord Morgan and Pat Thane (Leverhulme Professor of Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research). The discussion covered issues such as how the Act came into being, its impact and relevance to modern-day legislation and how the formation of occupational pension schemes have contributed to its evolution.

Alan Herbert was able to highlight pioneering groups who first offered pension provisions for their staff and the importance of preserving these occupational pension records, many of which are easily lost due to company take-overs and structure changes. He also highlighted the danger surrounding electronically-born records and their preservation, which is proving a problem in all areas of modern records preservation.