Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997

Series description

Series title: Arts and Disability Unit Papers, 1986-1995
Reference: ACGB/80
Extent: 7m 20cm


The Arts and Disability Unit was set up in December 1986 with Margrethe de Neergaard as its Arts and Disability Officer. The Unit initially served as part of the Planning and Development Department within the new Services Division. During 1988/89 the Unit merged with the Ethnic Minority Arts Unit to form the short-lived Arts Access Unit.

When the Planning and Development Department was split up in 1991, the Arts and Disability Unit found itself split from the Ethnic Minority Unit and established in its own right as one of the Cross-Departmental Units within the Arts Development Division. Wendy Harpe was appointed Head of the Unit.

The records in this series date from the unit's establishment to its development as a Cross-Departmental Unit.

Scope and content

This series contains the files of Wendy Harpe ( Head of the Unit) and Sir Brian Rix (Chairman of the Arts and Disability Monitoring Committee). Many of files reflect the issues and the projects which the unit was concerned with, such as the Employment Initiative scheme and disability legislation.

The series also includes records relating to the various art form departments and many different disability organisations. There are also day files and records relating to general operational issues such as finance, sponsorship and marketing.

There is no list of individual files in this series 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.