Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Arts Council of Great Britain: Minutes and Papers, 1942-1985
Reference: EL4
Extent: 116 items

Context

In June 1945 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts (CEMA) would continue as a permanent organisation with the title ' The Arts Council of Great Britain' (ACGB). It was to be incorporated as an autonomous body and at the end of the financial year, in 1946, the Ministry of Education would cease to administer its grant which would be received direct from the Treasury. The Minister of Education and the Secretary of State for Scotland would retain an interest in the Council, but the Chancellor of the Exchequer would speak for it in the House of Commons. These changes were incorporated in a Royal Charter granted to the ACGB on 9 August 1946.

The policy of the new Council was to remain that of CEMA, however; 'to encourage the best British national arts, everywhere, and to do it as far as possible by supporting others rather than by setting up state-run monopolies'.

Unfortunately the Chairman of the Council, Lord Keynes, who had worked hard to ensure the continuation of state support for the arts, did not live to see the incorporation of the Arts Council. He died in April 1946 and Dr Ivor Evans took over as acting chairman until the appointment of Sir Ernest Pooley later in the year.

On 7 February 1967 a second Charter of Incorporation was granted to the Arts Council under which several administrative changes were made. Among these changes were; the abolition of the Executive Committee and the raising of the maximum number of Council members from 16 to 20.

As a publicly accountable body the Arts Council published annual reports and accounts to provide Parliament and the general public with an overview of the year's work and to record all grants and guarantees offered in support of the arts.

After incorporation in 1946 the decision-making bodies of the Arts Council were the Council and the Executive Committee. Council members were persons known for their attachment to the arts who acted voluntarily in a personal capacity. They were appointed for stated periods of time by the Chancellor of the Exchequer after consultation with the Minister of Education and the Secretary of State for Scotland. Representatives of these three government offices also sat as assessors on the Council and the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee was established as a result of the debate in 1945 on the question of the reconstitution of CEMA as a permanent peace time body. It was to consist of Keynesas chairman, a general member of the Council as deputy, and the chairmen of the Advisory panels. When the Executive Committee was abolished in 1967, the Council retained the power to appoint other committees and panels to advise and assist it in the exercise of its functions.

Advisory committees for Scotland and Wales had been established by CEMA and under the 1946 Charter the Arts Council was charged to appoint a committee for Scotland in consultation with the Secretary of State for Scotland and a similar committee for Wales in counsultation with the Minister of Education. Both these committees were advisory, although the Scottish Committee did gain a degree of autonomy to administer an agreed proportion of the Council's grant from the Exchequer. Both were updated to Arts Councils under the Charter of 1967.

Scope and content

This series contains the first 40 annual reports of the Arts Councilcovering the years 1945-1985. It also contains the minutes and papers of the Arts Council, the Executive Committee, the Scottish Committee and the Welsh Committee.

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Detailed catalogue

Annual Reports, 1946-1985
Reference Description Dates
EL4/1 First, 1945-6
See EL1/20 and EL1/21 for annual reports produced by CEMA.
1946
EL4/2 Second, 1946-7 1947
EL4/3 Third, 1947-8 1948
EL4/4 Fourth, 1948-9 1949
EL4/5 Fifth, 1949-50 1950
EL4/6 Sixth, 1950-51 1951
EL4/7 The Arts in Great Britain 1952
EL4/8 The Public and the Arts 1953
EL4/9 Public Responsibility for the Arts 1954
EL4/10 Housing the Arts 1955
EL4/11 The First Ten Years 1956
EL4/12 Art in the Red 1957
EL4/13 A New Pattern of Patronage 1958
EL4/14 The Struggle for Survival 1959
EL4/15 The Priorities of Patronage 1960
EL4/16 Partners in Patronage 1961
EL4/17 A Brighter Prospect 1962
EL4/18 Ends and Means 1963
EL4/19 State of Play 1964
EL4/20 Policy into Practice 1965
EL4/21 Key Year 1966
EL4/22 A New Charter 1967
EL4/23 Changes and Moves 1968
EL4/24 Twenty fourth 1969
EL4/25 Twenty fifth 1970
EL4/26 Twenty sixth 1971
EL4/27 Twenty seventh 1972
EL4/28 Twenty eighth 1973
EL4/29 Twenty ninth 1974
EL4/30 Thirtieth 1975
EL4/31 The Arts in Hard Times 1976
EL4/32 Value for Money 1977
EL4/33 A Year of Achievement 1978
EL4/34 Patronage and Responsibility 1979
EL4/35 Progress and Renewal 1980
EL4/36 Critical Judgements 1981
EL4/37 Thirty seventh 1982
EL4/38 Thirty eighth 1983
EL4/39 Thirty ninth 1984
EL4/40 Fortieth 1985

Council minutes, 1946-1963
Reference Description Dates
EL4/41 Index to Council minutes
MISSING on transfer from Public Record Office
1946-1963
EL4/42 Minutes of the 38th-39th meetings of the Arts Council of Great Britain
Signed. See EL1 for earlier minutes.
Feb 1946 - June 1946
EL4/43 Minutes of the 1st-115th meetings after incorporation of the Arts Council of Great Britain
Signed.
Aug 1946 - Nov 1963

Council papers, 1945-1955
Reference Description Dates
EL4/45 ACGB Council Papers 201-213
See EL1 for earlier council papers.
1945-1946
EL4/46 ACGB Council Papers 214-230 1946-1947
EL4/47 ACGB Council Papers 231-240 1947
EL4/48 ACGB Council Papers 241-250 1947-1948
EL4/49 ACGB Council Papers 251-260 1948-1949
EL4/50 ACGB Council Papers 261-269 1949
EL4/51 ACGB Council Papers 270-275 1949
EL4/52 ACGB Council Papers 276-280 1949
EL4/53 ACGB Council Papers 281-289 1949-1950
EL4/54 ACGB Council Papers 290-300 1950-1951
EL4/55 ACGB Council Papers 301-320 1951-1952
EL4/56 ACGB Council Papers 321-330 1952
EL4/57 ACGB Council Papers 331-340 1952-1953
EL4/58 ACGB Council Papers 341-362 1953-1955
EL4/59 Index and numerical list to miscellaneous series A of ACGB Council Papers pre-1950 1947-1950
EL4/60 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 1-10 1947-1950
EL4/61 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 11-24 1946-1950
EL4/62 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 25-43 1946-1949
EL4/63 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 44-53 1947-1948
EL4/64 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 54-65 1946-1949
EL4/65 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 66-82 1946-1949
EL4/66 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 83-104 1947-1950
EL4/67 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 105-124 1946-1950
EL4/68 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 125-138 1946-1950
EL4/69 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 139-163 1946-1950
EL4/70 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 164-176 1946-1949
EL4/71 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 177-187 1947-1949
EL4/72 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 188-197 1946-1950
EL4/73 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 198 1945-1949
EL4/74 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series A 199-220 1946-1950
EL4/75 Index and numerical list to miscellaneous series B of ACGB Council Papers 1950-1955
EL4/76 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 1-14 1950
EL4/77 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 15-21 1950
EL4/78 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 22-35 1950
EL4/79 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 36-39 1951
EL4/80 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 40-59 1951
EL4/81 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 60-73 1951
EL4/82 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 74-90 1952
EL4/83 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 91-115 1952
EL4/84 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 116-127 1952
EL4/85 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 128-147 1953
EL4/86 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 148-170 1953
EL4/87 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 171-190 1954
EL4/88 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 191-210 1954
EL4/89 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 211-229 1954
EL4/90 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 230-250 1955
EL4/91 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 251-264 1955
EL4/92 ACGB Council Papers miscellaneous series B 265-284 1955

Executive Committee minutes, 1946-62
Reference Description Dates
EL4/93 Index to Executive Committee minutes
MISSING on transfer from Public Record Office
1946-1962
EL4/94 Minutes of the 21st-33rd meetings of the Arts Council of Great Britain Executive Committee
Signed. See EL1 for earlier minutes.
Jan 1946 - Aug 1946
EL4/44 Minutes of the 1st-170th meetings after incorporation of the Arts Council of Great Britain Executive Committee
Signed.
Sept 1946 - Feb 1962

Executive Committee papers, 1945-1957
Reference Description Dates
EL4/96 Index and numerical list to Executive Committee Papers 1945-1957
EL4/97 Executive Notes 1-36 1945-1946
EL4/98 Executive notes 37-70 1946-1947
EL4/99 Executive notes 71-100 1948-1949
EL4/100 Executive notes 101-125 1949-1950
EL4/101 Executive notes 126-150 1950
EL4/102 Executive notes 151-183 1950-1957

Scottish Committee minutes, 1943-1955
Reference Description Dates
EL4/103 Minutes of the 5th-6th, 10th-13th and 16th-19th meetings of Scottish Committee Dec 1943 - Apr 1946
EL4/104 Minutes of the 1st-10th meetings after incorporation of the Scottish Committee Jan 1947 - Nov 1947
EL4/105 Minutes of the 11th-20th meetings after incorporation of the Scottish Committee Jan 1948 - Dec 1948
EL4/106 Minutes of the 21st-35th meetings after incorporation of the Scottish Committee Jan 1949 - Dec 1950
EL4/107 Minutes of the 36th-50th meetings after incorporation of the Scottish Committee Jan 1951 - Nov 1952
EL4/108 Minutes of the 51st-68th meetings after incorporation of the Scottish Committee Jan 1953 - Nov 1955
EL4/109 Art Advisory Committee of the Scottish Committee minutes Mar 1944, June 1946
EL4/110 Music Advisory Committee of the Scottish Committee minutes 1942, Feb 1946

Scottish Committee papers, 1947-1953
Reference Description Dates
EL4/111 Index and numerical list to Scottish Committee Papers 1947-1953
EL4/112 Scottish Committee Papers 1-24 1947-1951
EL4/113 Scottish Committee Papers 25-56 1947-1953

Welsh Committee minutes, 1945-1955
Reference Description Dates
EL4/114 Minutes of the 1st-6th meetings of the Welsh Committee June 1945 - Mar 1946
EL4/115 Minutes of the 1st-11th meetings after incorporation of the Welsh Committee Sept 1946 - Dec 1949
EL4/116 Minutes of the 12th-20th meetings after incorporation of the Welsh Committee Feb 1950 - Nov 1952
EL4/117 Minutes of the 21st-32nd meetings after incorporation of the Welsh Committee Feb 1953 - Sept 1955
EL4/118 Minutes of the 1st-9th meetings of the Finance Sub-committee of the Welsh Committee Feb 1953 - Dec 1955
EL4/119 Papers containing information about action taken by Local Authorities in Great Britain under section 132 of the Local Government Act, 1948 1949-1955