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Operatunity knocks!
Monday, November 16th, 2020

This month’s NED Talk was given by Penny Mesure on the topic of comedy opera. She called the talk “From ‘La Triviata’ to Shakespeare and Sullivan”and the typo in the third word of the title was deliberate:

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NED Talk 4: The Owls’ Story
Thursday, October 15th, 2020

In the fourth of our series of online Network Evening Drinks (NED) Talks, Jane Bain gave an illustrated lecture on the families of Tawny Owls that she has been photographing for the last few years.

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AGM moves online
Saturday, September 12th, 2020

Regrettably, the Steering Group has concluded that it will not be possible to hold the traditional AGM and Christmas Drinks event this year. The AGM will go ahead on Zoom, however, on the date originally planned – Tuesday 8th December.

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What happens to Jamie Oliver in translation?
Friday, August 21st, 2020

Nick Tanner gave our third successful Network Evening Drinks talk on 19th August, with a theme based on his professional translation work. He gave us an entertaining assessment of how German and Dutch translators dealt with the challenges of capturing Jamie Oliver’s individual style of recipes for their national markets.

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Autumn Lunch postponed to 2021
Friday, August 21st, 2020

In view of the ongoing COVID crisis, we have decided to cancel our planned Autumn Lunch at the Savile Club this year.

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New Oral History interviews added to archive
Sunday, August 9th, 2020

Another two new interviews have now been added to the list of those available in the Oral History archive.

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Life is to short to drink bad wine….
Saturday, July 18th, 2020

Unable to run our usual social programme, the Research Network has launched a series of Network Evening Drinks talks – NED talks, for short. The latest of these took place on Wednesday 15th July when Jackie Dickens brought us her tips for finding good wine.

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Jane Frost appointed AMSR vice-chair
Monday, June 29th, 2020

Jane Frost, chief executive of the MRS, has been appointed vice-chair of the Archive of Market & Social,Research (AMSR).

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A breath of fresh air…
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020

The first of our Network Evening Drinks talks – NED talks, for short – took place by Zoom on Wednesday 17th June when Nigel Spackman brought us the fresh and bracing air of the Scottish Highlands.

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Summer Party cancellation and new NED Talks
Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020

Because of the continuing COVID crisis, we have had to cancel this year’s Summer Party at Doggetts. Instead we will be holding a series of virtual Network Evening Drinks with speakers – NED Talks.

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New Oral History interviews available
Thursday, April 30th, 2020

Two new interviews, with Bill Blyth and Roddy Glen, have been added to the Oral History archive.

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Confined to Barracks
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020

Our colleagues at the AMSR suggested in a recent article on ‘Hoarders and Chuckers’ that if you unearth relevant material for the Archive during the lockdown, it could not be scanned until their ‘engine room’ at Ipsos MORI in Harrow was once again open for business. Since then, they have gone into a ‘lateral thinking’ mode. 

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Threats to the industry from COVID-19, and researching its impact
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

The COVID crisis is creating opportunities as well as threats in the market research industry.  The threats, of course, range from the very real personal health risks to the economic issues faced by the industry:

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Network Members appointed Founder Patrons of the Archive
Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Research Network members John Downham and Liz Nelson have been appointed Founder Patrons of the Archive of Market and Social Research (AMSR) in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the charity.

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Cancellation of Spring Lunch
Wednesday, March 18th, 2020

In the light of the latest government advice and the situation with the COVID-19 virus, the Steering Group has decided, with regret, to cancel next month’s Spring Lunch, which was to be held at Ev.  Arrangements for the Summer Party at Doggett’s will be reviewed nearer the time.

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Local elections postponed for a year
Sunday, March 15th, 2020

On the recommendation of the Electoral Commission, which regulates elections in the UK, this year’s English local council elections have been postponed due to “serious concerns” over public health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Research Network exhibiting at Impact 2020
Saturday, February 29th, 2020

For those of you who are going to the MRS Impact 2020 conference on 10th and 11th March, the Network will be exhibiting on the Networking Trail

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The MRBA Auction 2020
Saturday, February 29th, 2020

It’s that time again, the MRBA annual fundraising auction is now live.  The auction raised in excess of £9,000 last year an the MRBA hopes to d0 as well this year.

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AMSR friends event
Wednesday, February 26th, 2020

AMSR held its third prestigious Event at the IPA on 4 February, with a record attendance of 75 people. Once again, the amazing success story of the Archive was highlighted and as was how much has been achieved since it was founded.

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The 2021 census could be the last one ever carried out
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

The UK’s national statistician, Professor Sir Ian Diamond, has revealed that the 2021 census could be the last one ever to be carried out. Sir Ian said he was examining cheaper alternatives to the 10-yearly compulsory questionnaire delivered to every UK household.

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What historical research data tells us about recent European referenda
Wednesday, February 12th, 2020

At the recent AMSR annual event, Sir John Curtice, Professor of Politics at the University of Strathclyde, used data from the Archive (as well as research held in the UK data archive at Essex University) to compare the two referenda about membership of the EU from 1975 and 2016.

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Publication of Iowa opinion poll cancelled at last minute
Friday, February 7th, 2020

Just a couple of days before Iowa’s Democratic caucuses, the Des Moines Register was forced to cancel publication of an opinion poll conducted by Selzer & Co, because of the risk that a candidate’s name had been omitted from a list.

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Liz Nelson to step down as AMSR Chair
Tuesday, February 4th, 2020

The AMSR has announced that Dr Liz Nelson OBE is stepping down as Chairman of its Board of Trustees.
Liz will be replaced Professor Patrick Barwise, Emeritus Professor of Management and Marketing at London Business School, and AMSR Vice-Chairman since 2018.

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