Ian Jones

Postgraduate Research Student



I am a 4th year PhD student at the University of Liverpool and a Senior Research Assistant at Newcastle Business School. My research focuses on the role of Barclays Group Archives (BGA) in facilitating the delivery of Barclays plc’s strategic objectives. My thesis brings together organisation studies research on the uses of the past, organisational memory studies, and authenticity with archival science literature on the archival principles of authenticity, reliability, usability, and integrity. It finds that BGA provide unique benefits that are derived from the occupational skillset and tacet knowledge of the archivists that has dictated the construction of the archives.

Thesis Title

"Using the past: Authenticity, reliability, and the role of archives in Barclays plc’s use of the past strategies"

Research Interests

Archives, concepts of authenticity, materiality, organisational memory studies, historical narratives, uses of the past, historical organisation studies, WW1, European history 1848-1991.

Research Funding

Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and Barclays plc