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Research Update (January 2024)

Archival Research In the final month of 2023, our project has uncovered some fascinating insights into the history of internal communication. The highlight of our month has been a visit to the BBC Written Archives Centre. Located in Caversham, across the pictured river from Reading, this archive proved to have a vast collection of precisely …

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Research Update (November 2023)

The Project’s First Anniversary With October marking the first anniversary of the History of Internal Communication project, this is the perfect moment to reflect on the progress we’ve made in unearthing the fascinating evolution of internal communication practices. Over the past year, we’ve traced a story that begins with early company magazines and moves into …

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Research Update (October 2023)

September has been an exciting and productive month for the History of Internal Communication project. From exploring archives to forging new partnerships, we’re delighted to share our progress from a highly productive month. Archival Work A highlight of this month was our week at the Walgreens Boots Alliance Archive at Beeston in Nottingham. Here, we …

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Munitions Got Tallents: The Rise of Public Relations in the Second World War – Source of the Month (September 2023)

The interwar period marked a significant juncture in the fields of public relations and integrated marketing communications. One individual, the senior civil servant Sir Stephen Tallents, emerged as a driving force behind these transformations. Born in 1884, Tallents’ innovative strategies and expansive vision left an enduring impact on corporate branding, marketing, and communication practices. This …

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Research Update (August 2023)

European Group for Organizational Studies The History of Internal Communication project team has had an eventful July, filled with exciting activities and productive collaborations. Two members of our team, Michael Rowlinson and Joe Chick, had the opportunity to attend the European Group for Organizational Studies conference held in Cagliari in Sardinia. As an island located …

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Research Update (July 2023)

Collaboration with the Institute of Internal Communication The highlight of this month’s work has been attending the IoIC festival. At the scenic rural setting of Tewinbury Farm near Welwyn Garden City, complete with a river and alpacas, we joined the gathering of professionals from across the internal communication sector. We had the opportunity to attend …

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Research Update (June 2023)

Uncovering Insights in the Archives May has been a productive month for our team and we’ve been able to dedicate much of our time to our archival research. Our first stop was the CIPD in Wimbledon, where we were warmly welcomed by Rose Marney. Navigating through their archival material, we were pleasantly surprised to discover …

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It’s Working a Tweet: Has Technology Improved Internal Communication?– Source of the Month (May 2023)

The way we communicate with each other has changed dramatically over the years. The latest game-changer in the world of internal communication has been social media. With the sudden shift to remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, the adoption of social media as a means of communication has accelerated. But this change has been more …

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Research Update (May 2023)

Exploring the History of Unilever: A Visit to Port Sunlight In April, our project team had the opportunity to visit the Unilever archives in Port Sunlight. The setting of the archives is, in itself, of great historical interest. The town of Port Sunlight was built in 1888 by Lever Brothers for its workers. Today, it …

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Research Update (March 2023)

Over the last month, we have particularly focussed on engagement with the internal comms profession, our key target audience. Archival research has also been progressing and we’re looking forward to our teams’ upcoming trip to the Unilever archives at Port Sunlight. Engagement with the internal comms profession  This project is different from most academic projects. …

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