On 7th January, 2016 the Tata Central Archives (TCA) celebrated its silver jubilee. To commemorate twenty-five years of inspiring and motivating generations, TCA organized an exhibition showcasing its achievements on 10th December 2016. This was followed by a symposium on “Collaborative Leadership” at the Tata Management Training Centre (TMTC).
Dr. (Mrs.) Pheroza Godrej, Chairperson, Godrej Archives Council, was the chief guest. She inaugurated the exhibition and was the key speaker at the symposium. Speaking on the occasion she said,
This is a remarkable milestone for an institution that not only showcases the genesis and history of the Tata group, but also highlights in parallel the integral role that the group has played in India’s industrialisation. The Tata Central Archives has created this opportunity that will allow future generations to witness and relive the rich legacy of the Tatas.
Mr. F.N. Subedar, Chairman, Tata Services Ltd., said,
The Tata Central Archives is the custodian of the Tata Heritage. It gives me immense pleasure to celebrate its 25th year which is a testament to the deep respect for the records, and to capture their historical significance that J.R.D. Tata desired to institutionalise.
The exhibition which will be on display, highlights several key milestones in TCA’s journey. It traces the saga of its inception, its inauguration at Bombay House, and relocation to the current premises in Pune. It showcases its initiatives in adopting preservation and conservation methods, and installation of climate controlled repositories with sophisticated security and surveillance systems. Visitors can also get an overview of TCA’s exhibitions and outreach programmes, etc.
The one day symposium on “Collaborative Leadership” shed light on the evolution of archiving. It began with a talk by Dr. (Mrs.) Godrej on “Taking Corporate History To The Future: Changing Role Of Business Archives”. This was followed by a session by Mr. Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Director General and Secretary, Board of Trustees, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, on “Heritage - A Thread Of Continuity”. The final speaker was Mr. S. Girikumar, Eminent Indian Conservator, who spoke on “Preserving the Memories - An Insight Into A Conservator’s World”.
The symposium was attended by representatives from several archival, museum and cultural institutions from around the country: Delhi - National Archives of India; Mumbai - Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Godrej Archives, Maharashtra State Archives, Chinmaya Archives, R.D. Sethna Scholarship Fund and the National Centre for the Performing Arts; Kolkata - State Bank Archives & Museum ; Pune- Reserve Bank of India Archives, Pune Archives, Southern Command War Memorial Museum, Raja Dinar Kelkar Museum. Representatives from the Russi Modi Centre of Excellence and the Tata Steel Archives, Jamshedpur ; Tata Power Ltd. and Tata Motors Ltd. also participated in this symposium.