Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Regional Development Department, 1955-1987
Reference: ACGB/103
Extent: 605 folders

Context

Responsibility for Regional matters within the Arts Council was regularly subject to organisational restructuring and consequently the surviving records were found in considerable disorder.

The Regional Development Department had been established during the early 1970s, but it was soon disbanded when in 1976 Neil Duncan, its Director, resigned. Reponsibility for regional development was assumed by the then Deputy Secretary General, Angus Stirling and in 1979/80 a new Regional Department was created.

These files were distinguished as belonging to the Regional Development Department by a numbered series of transfer cases. However the cases often actually contain material which is dated after the Regional Development Department had disbanded and the Regional Department had taken over. This suggests that the files were mainly created in the early 1970s and then remained in operational use with the Regional Department which followed.

Series ACGB/113 contains those files relating specifically to Combined / Community Arts and Arts Centres which were not distinguished as Regional Development Department records. However, there is clearly a considerable overlap between the records of ACGB/103, ACGB/112 and ACGB/113, due to organisational restructuring of the Arts Council and passing on of regional matters from one department to another. In order to preserve the original order in which the files were found though, no attempt has been made to merge the records into one series. Researchers are strongly advised, therefore to consider all three series for papers relating to regional matters.

Scope and content

The records of this series reflect various aspects of the Department's work. The majority of these files relate to the Regional Arts Associations and Community Arts and Arts Centres. The bulk of the material on Arts Centres in this series is concentrated on those who remained direct clients of the ACGB - not their RAA, thus there are detailed and lengthy files here on The Roundhouse, The Riverside Studios, The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), Cannon Hill Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC), South Hill Park. Each one of these typically contains: applications for funding, minutes from board meetings, annual reports, correspondence, show reports, and publicity material. There are also many files relating to the Combined Arts section of Regional Development (which later went on to become a separate unit after the 1985/86 restructuring). From the early 1980s the Combined Arts Unit, and its Sub-Committee, had three principal areas of responsibility: Special Applications, Community Arts, and Arts Centres. In addition to this material, there are files connected with a number of advisory committees, panels, and boards; there are also further records concerning more general departmental issues such as finance, policy and organisational structure. Over the time period covered by this series, the ACGB underwent a number of organisational changes at committee, and sub-committee level. This sometimes resulted in a certain amount of duplication as responsibility for clients, and their files, was transferred between committees.

This series has been sorted into six categories: (1) Regional Department Committees and Officers (2) Regional Arts Associations (RAAs) and Local Arts Councils (3) Arts Centres and Theatres (4) Theatre / Drama / Festival Groups (non-building based ACGB clients) (5) Community Arts (6) Miscellaneous. The files are arranged chronologically by start date within each category.

Access

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Restrictions on access

Access to unpublished material less than 30 years old may be restricted and requests for access can take up to 20 working days to be processed. When applying for access, it is helpful if you can quote the reference number, title and covering dates of the file(s) in question. For very large requests you are advised to contact us to discuss your requirements. All requests should be sent by e-mail to archive@vam.ac.uk or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.


Detailed catalogue

Reference Description Dates
ACGB/103/144 Touring Survey and Sample Questionnaires
1 folder
1968-1970
ACGB/103/132 Theatre Investment Fund Sub-Committee
1 folder
1968-1969
ACGB/103/39 Special Applications and Performance Art Committees
1 folder
1968-1978
ACGB/103/133 Theatres Advisory Council
1 folder
1970
ACGB/103/31 Experimental Projects Committee
4 folders
1970-1974
ACGB/103/41 Experimental Projects Committee
1 folder
1971-1973
ACGB/103/32 Performance Art Committee
8 folders
1971-1976
ACGB/103/37 Letters from the Regional Department
2 folders
1972-1973
ACGB/103/67 Regional Committee
1 folder
1973-1974
ACGB/103/150 Performance Art Committee: COUM
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/60 Performance Art Committee
2 folders
1974-1975
ACGB/103/49 Chris Cooper (Assistant Director Regional Development): Correspondence
1 folder
1974-1975
ACGB/103/50 Chris Cooper (Assistant Director Regional Development): Correspondence
1 folder
1975
Access to this file may be restricted until 2056.
ACGB/103/93 Performance Art Committee
3 folders
1974-1976
ACGB/103/44 Performance Art and Special Applications Committees
2 folders
1974-1976
ACGB/103/38 Performance Art Committee: Exhibitions
1 folder
1974-1977
ACGB/103/40 Performance Art Committee
2 folders
1974-1977
ACGB/103/230 Arts Centres Working Group / Sub-Committee
10 folders
1974-1980
This Working Group became a Committee in 1976; it dealt with those Arts Centres that remained direct clients of the ACGB, and had not been devolved to their RAAs.
ACGB/103/8 Special Applications Advisory Committee
7 folders
1976-1983
ACGB/103/5 Special Applications Steering Group
6 folders
1976-1986
ACGB/103/179 Special Applications Committee
4 folders
1977-1982
ACGB/103/153 Performance Art Advisers
2 folders
1977-1985
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2062.
ACGB/103/17 Regional Arts Advisory Committee
1 folder
1979-1980
ACGB/103/151 Combined Arts Unit: Performance Art Show Reports
2 folders
1979-1984
ACGB/103/19 Standing Advisory Committee on Local Authorities and the Theatre (SACLAT)
2 folders
1980-1982
ACGB/103/152 Special Applications Committee: Performance Magazine
1 folder
1980-1984
ACGB/103/212 Regional Department: Regional Arts Association (RAA) Finance
3 folders
1981-1983
ACGB/103/25 Combined Arts Unit: Officers' Correspondence
6 folders
1981-1985
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2063.
ACGB/103/21 Regional Advisory Committee
2 folders
1982-1983
ACGB/103/201 Combined Arts Sub-Committee
1 folder
1982-1983
ACGB/103/26 Combined Arts Sub-Committee
5 folders
1982-1984
ACGB/103/20 Combined Arts Unit
3 folders
1982-1984
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2063.
ACGB/103/29 Combined Arts Sub-Committee
13 folders
1982-1985
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2064.
ACGB/103/15 Combined Arts: Grant Applications and Assessments
2 folders
1982-1983
ACGB/103/134 Cross Departmental Projects
1 folder
1983-1985
ACGB/103/36 Combined Arts Unit: Correspondence with Clients
3 folders
1983-1988
ACGB/103/154 Special Applications: Rejected Applications
2 folders
1984
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2064.
ACGB/103/122 Combined Arts Sub-Committee
1 folder
1984
ACGB/103/156 Combined Arts Unit: Officers' Correspondence
1 folder
1984-1985
ACGB/103/167 ACGB Organisational Review: Working Party Reports
1 folder
1985
ACGB/103/158 ACGB Organisational Review
1 folder
1985-1986
ACGB/103/143 Regional Advisory Committee
1 folder
1985-1986
ACGB/103/182 Combined Arts Sub-Committee / Committee
3 folders
1985-1987
ACGB/103/163 Combined Arts Unit: Officers' Correspondence
1 folder
1985-1987
ACGB/103/128 Combined Arts: Client Applications
2 folders
1985-1987
ACGB/103/28 Combined Arts Advisory Committee
2 folders
1985-1987
ACGB/103/79 St Albans and District Arts Council, Hertfordshire
1 folder
1966-1973
ACGB/103/111 Standing Conference of Regional Arts Associations (SCRAA)
7 folders
1967-1975
ACGB/103/113 Whitwood and District Arts Council, Yorkshire
1 folder
1968-1969
ACGB/103/73 Southend Arts Council, Essex
2 folders
1968-1971
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2052.
ACGB/103/112 Westminster Arts Council, London
1 folder
1969
ACGB/103/71 Mid-Pennine Arts Association
1 folder
1969-1971
ACGB/103/96 Walton and Weybridge Arts Council, Surrey
1 folder
1969-1972
ACGB/103/89 Reading Arts Council, Berkshire
1 folder
1970
ACGB/103/45 Ruislip-Northwood Arts Council, London
1 folder
1970
ACGB/103/121 Funding Responsibilities
1 folder
1970-1971
This file contains correspondence between the Regional Department, the RAAs, and clients, regarding the source and administration of client funding.
ACGB/103/118 Thurrock Arts Council, Essex
1 folder
1970-1971
ACGB/103/74 Standing Conference of Regional Arts Associations (SCRAA)
3 folders
1970-1975
ACGB/103/65 RAA Personnel Lists
1 folder
1973-1974
ACGB/103/54 Local Authorities and the Arts
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/171 The Arvon Foundation
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/103 Greater Manchester Liaison Committe
1 folder
1974
ACGB/103/57 Ipswich Council: Arts Press Releases
1 folder
1974
ACGB/103/69 Correspondence Regarding Client Devolution to the RAAs
1 folder
1974-1975
ACGB/103/55 Correspondence with the Greater London Council (GLC)
1 folder
1974-1975
ACGB/103/51 North Southwark Community Development Group: the South Bank
1 folder
1975
ACGB/103/70 RAA Financial Estimates
1 folder
1975
ACGB/103/56 Greater London Arts Association Re-assessment
2 folders
1976
ACGB/103/149 Council of Regional Arts Associations (CoRAA)
4 folders
1976-1983
ACGB/103/173 Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts Association: Humberside Theatre Trust
2 folders
1977-1978
ACGB/103/78 Mid-Pennine Association for the Arts
1 folder
1977-1978
ACGB/103/200 Greater London Arts Association
3 folders
1978-1981
ACGB/103/214 Mid-Pennine Arts Association
2 folders
1978-1982
ACGB/103/202 Greater London Arts Association
3 folders
1979-1981
ACGB/103/215 Merseyside Arts Association
5 folders
1979-1984
ACGB/103/213 Northern Arts Association: Community Arts
2 folders
1980-1981
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2062.
ACGB/103/207 North West Arts Association
3 folders
1980-1982
ACGB/103/216 East Midlands Arts Association
2 folders
1980-1985
ACGB/103/209 Yorkshire Arts Association
4 folders
1980-1985
ACGB/103/159 Documents and correspondence relating to RAAs.
3 folders
1981-1982
ACGB/103/197 South East Arts Association
3 folders
1981-1982
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2042.
ACGB/103/217 Eastern Arts Association
2 folders
1981-1983
ACGB/103/206 South East Arts Association
2 folders
1981-1984
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2062.
ACGB/103/189 Greater London Arts Association
5 folders
1981-1985
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2065.
ACGB/103/211 Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts Association
1 folder
1981-1985
ACGB/103/160 Southern Arts Association
2 folders
1981-1985
ACGB/103/196 Merseyside Arts Association
1 folder
1982
ACGB/103/205 West Midlands Arts Association
1 folder
1982
ACGB/103/136 Documents Regarding RAA Funding
3 folders
1982-1983
ACGB/103/186 Northern Arts Association
2 folders
1982-1983
ACGB/103/208 Eastern Arts Association
2 folders
1982-1984
ACGB/103/185 North West Arts Association
5 folders
1982-1985
ACGB/103/198 Northern Arts Association
4 folders
1982-1985
ACGB/103/199 South West Arts Association
2 folders
1982-1985
ACGB/103/155 Council of Regional Arts Associations (CoRAA): Community Arts Officers Group
4 folders
1984-1986
ACGB/103/210 Merseyside Arts Association
4 folders
1985-1987
ACGB/103/192 Northern Arts Association
2 folders
1985-1987
ACGB/103/204 South West Arts Association
1 folder
1985-1987
ACGB/103/188 Lincolnshire and Humberside Arts Association
2 folders
1986-1987
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2067.
ACGB/103/191 Southern Arts Association
2 folders
1986-1987
ACGB/103/162 Eastern Arts Association
3 folders
1986-1988
ACGB/103/187 Greater London Arts Association
4 folders
1986-1988
ACGB/103/190 North West Arts Association
3 folders
1986-1988
ACGB/103/203 South East Arts Association
2 folders
1986-1988
ACGB/103/195 Yorkshire Arts Association
1 folder
1986-1988
ACGB/103/193 Merseyside Arts Association
2 folders
1987-1988
ACGB/103/194 West Midlands Arts Association
2 folders
1987-1988
ACGB/103/225 Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
25 folders
1955-1985
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2059.
ACGB/103/218 Cannon Hill Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC)
22 folders
1960-1983
Access to material in two folders may be restricted until 2055 and 2060.
ACGB/103/220 The New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkstone
8 folders
1963-1975
ACGB/103/221 Harlow Theatre Trust, Essex
6 folders
1964-1975
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2055.
ACGB/103/223 Hull Arts Centre, Yorkshire
4 folders
1966-1974
ACGB/103/33 Cannon Hill Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC)
5 folders
1967-1980
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2061.
ACGB/103/35 Robin Hood Theatre, Averham, Nottinghamshire
1 folder
1968-1969
ACGB/103/72 Proposals for an Arts Centre at St. Ives, Cornwall
1 folder
1968-1969
ACGB/103/87 Sheffield Theatres
1 folder
1968-1973
ACGB/103/46 Arts Centres: Development and Funding
7 folders
1968-1976
ACGB/103/227 The Roundhouse, London
21 folders
1968-1987
ACGB/103/116 Proposals for an Arts Centre, Teeside, Yorkshire
1 folder
1969
ACGB/103/170 Kendal Arts Centre: Lake District Theatre Trust
1 folder
1969-1974
ACGB/103/99 Rosehill Arts Trust, Cumbria
1 folder
1969-1974
ACGB/103/117 Telford Arts Centre, Shropshire
1 folder
1969-1974
ACGB/103/85 South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire
3 folders
1969-1974
ACGB/103/114 Wyvern Theatre and Arts Centre, Swindon, Wiltshire
3 folders
1969-1977
ACGB/103/59 University Theatres: University Arts Trust
1 folder
1970
ACGB/103/138 University Theatres
1 folder
1970
ACGB/103/92 Gardner Centre for the Arts, University of Sussex
2 folders
1970-1973
ACGB/103/63 Arts Centres: Housing the Arts
1 folder
1970-1976
ACGB/103/94 The New Metropole Arts Centre, Folkestone
3 folders
1970-1977
ACGB/103/91 Cannon Hill Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC)
5 folders
1971-1974
ACGB/103/174 Regional Arts Centres
1 folder
1972-1975
ACGB/103/90 Adeline Genee Theatre, East Grinstead, West Sussex
4 folders
1972-1976
ACGB/103/176 Proposals for an Arts Centre in Enfield, Greater London
1 folder
1973-1974
ACGB/103/66 East Lincolnshire Arts Centre / Arcadia Theatre, Skegness
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/84 Harlow Theatre Trust, Essex
3 folders
1974-1977
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2058.
ACGB/103/222 Humberside Theatre, Hull
2 folders
1974-1977
ACGB/103/135 Arts Centres in the Regions: Evaluation and Discussion
1 folder
1974-1981
ACGB/103/228 South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire
31 folders
1974-1987
Access to material in three folders may be restricted until 2058, 2063, and 2065.
ACGB/103/68 Richmond Theatre, London
1 folder
1975
ACGB/103/177 Cannon Hill Arts Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC)
4 folders
1975-1977
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2057.
ACGB/103/76 Queen's Hall Art Centre, Hexham, Northumberland
1 folder
1975-1982
ACGB/103/172 Great Georges Project (The Blackie), Liverpool
3 folders
1976-1978
ACGB/103/226 The Riverside Studios, London
16 folders
1976-1987
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2068.
ACGB/103/124 The Roundhouse, London
1 folder
1977-1980
ACGB/103/119 South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire
2 folders
1978
ACGB/103/23 The Roundhouse, London
1 folder
1978-1979
ACGB/103/22 Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA), London
6 folders
1978-1980
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2059.
ACGB/103/75 Darlington Arts Centre, County Durham
1 folder
1979-1982
ACGB/103/181 Regional Arts Centres
2 folders
1980-1986
ACGB/103/13 National Association of Arts Centres
4 folders
1980-1987
ACGB/103/81 Folkestone Arts Centre, Kent
1 folder
1982
ACGB/103/82 Great Linford Arts Centre, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
1 folder
1982
ACGB/103/6 Regional Arts Centres
4 folders
1982-1985
ACGB/103/130 Cannon Hill Arts Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC)
2 folders
1983-1984
ACGB/103/125 Regional Arts Centres
1 folder
1983-1987
ACGB/103/166 Cannon Hill Arts Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC)
2 folders
1984-1986
ACGB/103/161 South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire
1 folder
1985
ACGB/103/146 The Roundhouse, London
3 folders
1985-1986
ACGB/103/127 The Midland Group Arts Centre, Nottingham
1 folder
1986
ACGB/103/145 Cannon Hill Arts Trust / Midlands Arts Centre (the MAC)
2 folders
1986-1987
ACGB/103/129 Almeida Theatre, London
1 folder
1986-1987
ACGB/103/219 Arena Theatre Company
1 folder
1960-1962
ACGB/103/34 Ryedale Festival Society, York
1 folder
1965-1970
ACGB/103/77 Solihull Festival of the Arts, West Midlands
1 folder
1968-1970
ACGB/103/86 Shropshire Theatre Company
1 folder
1971-1972
ACGB/103/42 Dada Services
1 folder
1976-1978
ACGB/103/43 London Calling
1 folder
1977-1979
ACGB/103/11 Centre Ocean Stream
2 folders
1977-1983
ACGB/103/80 Action Space
2 folders
1978-1981
ACGB/103/9 Minority Arts Advisory Service (MAAS)
7 folders
1979-1983
ACGB/103/180 Horse and Bamboo
5 folders
1980-1985
ACGB/103/231 Jazz: Regional Development
5 folders
1982-1985
ACGB/103/7 Centre Ocean Stream
2 folders
1983-1986
ACGB/103/229 The Shelton Trust
1 folder
1983-1986
ACGB/103/12 Tara Arts Group
1 folder
1984-1985
ACGB/103/126 Arts Festivals
1 folder
1986-1987
ACGB/103/58 Universities Arts Trust
2 folders
1966-1970
ACGB/103/88 Proposed Development of Seaford Hall, Sussex
1 folder
1968-1973
ACGB/103/101 Alexandra Palace, London
1 folder
1971-1973
ACGB/103/16 Community Arts Policy
1 folder
1974-1978
ACGB/103/30 Community Arts Committees
12 folders
1974-1979
ACGB/103/169 Community Arts: Devolution Reports
1 folder
1977-1978
ACGB/103/168 RAA Community Arts
4 folders
1977-1981
ACGB/103/14 Shape Limited
6 folders
1977-1984
ACGB/103/4 Freeform Arts Trust
2 folders
1979-1986
Access to material in one folder may be restricted until 2067.
ACGB/103/141 Shape Limited
3 folders
1980-1983
ACGB/103/18 Shape Limited
2 folders
1980-1986
ACGB/103/139 Community Arts Committees
3 folders
1982
ACGB/103/142 Shape Limited
1 folder
1983
Access to this file may be restricted until 2064.
ACGB/103/148 East Midlands Shape: Feasibility Study
1 folder
1983-1985
ACGB/103/10 Freeform Arts Trust
1 folder
1983-1985
ACGB/103/24 Shape Limited
1 folder
1985
ACGB/103/184 Shape Limited
3 folders
1985-1987
ACGB/103/27 Freeform Arts Trust
3 folders
1985-1987
ACGB/103/120 Community Arts
2 folders
1986-1987
ACGB/103/183 Community Arts: Devolution to RAAs
2 folders
1986/1987
ACGB/103/147 Art Films Brochures
1 folder
1968
ACGB/103/123 Art Film Tours: Correspondence
1 folder
1969-1970
ACGB/103/224 Art Film Tours
1 folder
1969-1970
ACGB/103/137 Correspondence with Sam Wannamaker
1 folder
1970
ACGB/103/131 Theatre Management Association Correspondence
1 folder
1970
ACGB/103/157 Proposals for Preservation of Cardinal's Wharf, Southwark
1 folder
1970-1971
ACGB/103/47 Artsmail
1 folder
1970-1974
ACGB/103/100 Institute of Municipal Entertainment
1 folder
1970-1974
ACGB/103/52 Portable Structures for the Arts
1 folder
1970-1976
ACGB/103/95 Proposals for a Richard Tauber Memorial Concert Season
1 folder
1971-1972
ACGB/103/53 Commercial Sponsorship of the Arts
1 folder
1971-1975
ACGB/103/104 English Tourist Board
1 folder
1972-1973
ACGB/103/108 Transport Subsidy Schemes: Correspondence
1 folder
1972-1974
ACGB/103/48 Travel and Public Transport Schemes
1 folder
1972-1974
ACGB/103/178 Sports Council
2 folders
1972-1976
ACGB/103/106 Arts Administration Courses
1 folder
1973
ACGB/103/115 Working Men's Clubs
1 folder
1973
ACGB/103/109 Correspondence Regarding EEC Regional Development Fund
1 folder
1973-1974
ACGB/103/140 Eastern Authorities Orchestral Association
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/61 Opera for All
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/64 Youth and Music Scheme
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/110 ACGB Recommendations for Honours
1 folder
1974-1975
ACGB/103/175 Arts Council / Sports Council Seminars
2 folders
1974-1976
ACGB/103/62 Visiting Groups: Denmark and South Africa
1 folder
1975
ACGB/103/102 Regional Studies Association Conferences: Correspondence
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/107 Correspondence Regarding Client Handovers
1 folder
1973-1975
ACGB/103/97 Survey Reports
1 folder
1974
ACGB/103/105 The Arts in North America: Correspondence
1 folder
1974-1975
ACGB/103/98 Fundraising for the Arts
1 folder
1974-1975
ACGB/103/2 Literature Panel: Community Bookshops
1 folder
1976-1977
ACGB/103/165 Performance Bulletins
1 folder
1984-1985
ACGB/103/164 South Bank Outdoor Events
1 folder
1984-1985
ACGB/103/3 Arts Council Subsidised Magazines
1 folder
1984-1987
ACGB/103/83 Contemporary Music Network
5 folders
1985-1986
ACGB/103/1 Bookshops and Galleries Listings
1 folder
1986