Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997

Series description

Series title: Finance Department: Appraisal Files, 1981-1992
Reference: ACGB/23
Extent: 2m 35cm


As a result of the Report of the Working Party on the Assessment of Revenue Clients (1985), revised evaluation procedures were implemented and these included the undertaking of appraisals. Appraisals were intended to provide a periodic, thorough review of all aspects of a client's operations in order to assist the client in reviewing its own effectiveness, spread knowledge of 'best practice', spell out the options available within known or probable resources and to provide an authoritative document useful in discussions with other sources of finance. Inititially seventeen organisations underwent pilot appraisals, but the system was more widely implemented later on.

Scope and content

This series consists of files containing correspondence, statistics and other material relating to the appraisals of individual organisations. Each organisation has a separate file and the file may also contain copies of the final or draft appraisal report.

The files are arranged alphabetically by the name of the client appraised. There is no list of individual files currently available.


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Restrictions on access

Because this series is uncatalogued, access is restricted under section 22 (information intended for future publication) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. For more information, please write by e-mail to or by post to Victoria and Albert Museum Archives (ref. ACGB), Blythe House, 23 Blythe Road, London W14 0QX.