Arts Council of Great Britain: records, 1928-1997


Series description

Series title: Secretariat: Correspondence, 1945-1961
Reference: EL5
Extent: 115 items

Scope and content

This series contains miscellaneous correspondence files relating to subjects such as: the Aldeburgh Festival, Arts Clubs and Centres, the Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama, the Local Government Act 1948 and the Museum of Costume and Fashion Research Centre. It also contains Council members' correspondence files and files of correspondence with organisations such as; the British Broadcasting Corporation, the British Council, CEMA Northern Ireland and the Scottish and Welsh Committees of the Arts Council of Great Britain.

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Detailed catalogue

Advisory Panel Appointments, 1945-1953
Reference Description Dates
EL5/1 Art Panel July 1945 - Dec 1951
EL5/2 Music Panel Mar 1945 - Dec 1949
EL5/3 Music Panel Jan 1950 - Dec 1953

Aldeburgh Festival, 1947-1953
Reference Description Dates
EL5/4 Aldeburgh Festival Dec 1947 - Dec 1948
EL5/5 Aldeburgh Festival Jan 1949 - Dec 1949
EL5/6 Aldeburgh Festival Jan 1950 - Oct 1950
EL5/7 Aldeburgh Festival Jan 1951 - Dec 1951
EL5/8 Aldeburgh Festival Jan 1952 - Dec 1953

Arts Clubs and Centres: Regional Correspondence, 1945-1955
Reference Description Dates
EL5/9 Lists of file contents undated
EL5/10 Region 1 - Newcastle Jan 1947 - Apr 1952
EL5/11 Region 2 - Leeds Oct 1945 - June 1951
EL5/12 Region 3 - Nottingham Sept 1948 - Jan 1952
EL5/13 Region 4 - Cambridge Jan 1947 - July 1951
EL5/14 Region 6 - Southampton July 1948 - July 1951
EL5/15 Region 7 - Bristol Mar 1946 - Feb 1952
EL5/16 Region 8 - Cardiff July 1946 - July 1951
EL5/17 Region 9 - Birmingham Sept 1945 - Dec 1948
EL5/18 Region 9 - Birmingham Mar 1949 - Mar 1952
EL5/19 Region 10 - Manchester Mar 1946 - Mar 1952
EL5/20 Region 11- Edinburgh Oct 1946 - Feb 1952
EL5/21 Region 12 - London Apr 1949 - Mar 1952
EL5/22 Eastern Region - Cambridge Apr 1952 - June 1954
EL5/23 Midlands Region - Birmingham Apr 1952 - May 1955
EL5/24 North-Eastern Region - York Apr 1952 - July 1955
EL5/25 North-Western Region - Manchester Apr 1952 - June 1955
EL5/26 South-Eastern Region - London Apr 1952 - Sept 1955
EL5/27 South-Western Region - Bristol Apr 1952 - Oct 1955

Association of Municipal Corporations, 1945-1954
Reference Description Dates
EL5/28 Association of Municipal Corporations : ACGB's relationship with local authorities June 1945 - Feb 1954

British Broadcasting Corporation, 1944-1946
Reference Description Dates
EL5/29 British Broadcasting Corporation : Contracts for the concerts from historic towns series Dec 1945 - Nov 1949
EL5/30 Concerts from historic towns 1945-1946
EL5/31 Concerts from historic towns 1946
EL5/32 Concerts from historic towns 1946
EL5/33 Programme sheets for the concerts from historic towns series and its predecessor, the concerts from historic buildings series 1944-1946

British Council, 1946-1953
Reference Description Dates
EL5/34 British Council Dec 1946 - Dec 1949
EL5/35 British Council Jan 1950 - Dec 1953
EL5/36 British Council & Arts Council relations between July 1946 - Dec 1947
EL5/37 British Council - Relations between Arts Council Jan 1948 - Dec 1949
EL5/38 British Council - Relations between Arts Council Jan 1950 - July 1953

File titles Br to Ch, 1945-1955
Reference Description Dates
EL5/39 British Film Institute Jan 1945 - Mar 1952
EL5/40 British Institute of Recorded Sound Feb 1948 - Dec 1954
EL5/41 British Institute of Recorded Sound Jan 1955 - Dec 1955
EL5/42 Cultural Permits : Brussels Treaty Identity Card Project Nov 1949 - Nov 1951
EL5/43 CEMA Northern Ireland Dec 1945 - Dec 1947
EL5/44 CEMA Northern Ireland Jan 1948 - Nov 1950
EL5/45 Charter : negotiations for the ACGB's Royal Charter June 1945 - Sept 1946
EL5/46 Choral Thanksgiving for Victory concert at the Royal Albert Hall : organisation Apr 1945 - Dec 1945
EL5/47 Choral Thanksgiving for Victory concert at the Royal Albert Hall : organisation Jan 1946 - May 1946

Council Members: General Correspondence, 1943-1955
Reference Description Dates
EL5/48 Lady Albemarle Jan 1951 - Dec 1955
EL5/49 Sir Bronson Albery Dec 1947 - Jan 1952
EL5/50 C. M. Bowra Dec 1947 - Dec 1950
EL5/51 Richard Capell Feb 1951 - June 1954
EL5/52 John Carter Jan 1951 - May 1955
EL5/53 Barbara Ayrton Gould Jan 1946 - Nov 1950
EL5/54 Lady Keynes June 1946 - Jan 1950
EL5/55 Eric Linklater Dec 1946 - Jan 1950
EL5/56 Sir Stanley Marchant Jan 1943 - Mar 1949
EL5/57 Sir Jasper Ridley Feb 1950 - Feb 1951
EL5/58 The Countess of Rosebery Dec 1947 - Dec 1950
EL5/59 Dr James Welsh Feb 1946 - Nov 1951
EL5/60 W. E. Williams Jan 1946 - Jan 1951
EL5/61 Dr Thomas Wood Apr 1949 - Dec 1950

Edinburgh International Festival of Music and Drama, 1945-1953
Reference Description Dates
EL5/62 Edinburgh Festival Nov 1945 - Dec 1946
EL5/63 Edinburgh Festival 1945-1946
EL5/64 Edinburgh Festival Jan 1947 - Dec 1947
EL5/65 Edinburgh Festival Jan 1948 - Dec 1948
EL5/66 Edinburgh Festival Jan 1949 - Dec 1949
EL5/67 Edinburgh Festival Jan 1950 - Nov 1950
EL5/68 Edinburgh Festival Mar 1951 - Nov 1951
EL5/69 Edinburgh Festival Jan 1952 - Dec 1953

Local Government Act 1948, 1949-1953
Reference Description Dates
EL5/70 Local Government Act 1948. Correspondence with regional offices concerning enquiries from local authorities about section 132 of the Act. Feb 1949 - May 1950
EL5/71 Local Government Act 1948. Correspondence with regional offices concerning enquiries from local authorities about section 132 of the Act. Jan 1950 - Dec 1950
EL5/72 Local Government Act 1948. Correspondence with regional offices concerning enquiries from local authorities about section 132 of the Act; actions taken under the Act. Feb 1951 - Dec 1951
EL5/73 Local Government Act 1948. Correspondence with regional offices concerning enquiries from local authorities about section 132 of the Act; actions taken under the Act. Jan 1952 - Dec 1952
EL5/74 Local Government Act 1948. Correspondence with regional offices concerning enquiries from local authorities about section 132 of the Act; actions taken under the Act. 1953

File titles Lo to Ma, 1948-1953
Reference Description Dates
EL5/75 London County Council May 1948 - Sept 1953
EL5/76 Malvern Festival Nov 1948 - Feb 1950

Museum of Costume and Fashion Research Centre,
Reference Description Dates
EL5/77 Museum of Costume July 1949 - Mar 1950
EL5/78 Museum of Costume Apr 1950 - Dec 1950
EL5/79 Museum of Costume. Draft memorandum and articles of association. Jan 1951- Dec 1951
EL5/80 Museum of Costume Jan 1952 - Dec 1952
EL5/81 Museum of Costume Jan 1953 - Nov 1954
EL5/82 Museum of Costume Jan 1955 - Dec 1955

File titles Na to Tr, 1942-1955
Reference Description Dates
EL5/83 National Council of Social Service Jan 1948 - Mar 1953
EL5/84 Opera and Ballet Sub-committee Dec 1953 - Dec 1954
EL5/85 Operation Gloriana Oct 1952 - July 1953
EL5/86 Queen's Hall Committee : minutes of 1st-15th meetings Oct 1954 - Mar 1955
EL5/87 Queen's Hall Papers and Minutes Nov 1954 - Dec 1954
EL5/88 Queen's Hall Committee Jan 1955
EL5/89 Queen's Hall Committee Feb 1955 - May 1955
EL5/90 Rates Exemption Jan 1946 - Aug 1948
EL5/91 Rates Exemption Oct 1948 - Dec 1952
EL5/92 Scottish Committee Apr 1946 - Dec 1947
EL5/93 Scottish Committee Jan 1948 - Dec 1949
EL5/94 Scottish Committee Jan 1950 - Dec 1951
EL5/95 Scottish Committee Jan 1952 - Dec 1955
EL5/96 Select Committee on Estimates Apr 1949 - Jan 1953
EL5/97 State Aid for the Arts Abroad May 1952 - Dec 1953
EL5/98 State Aid for the Arts Abroad Feb 1954 - Oct 1955
EL5/99 Tennent Plays (Income Tax Appeal) May 1942 - Dec 1947
EL5/100 Theatrical Constitutions etc Dec 1946 - Apr 1947
EL5/101 Board of Trade June 1946 - Dec 1950
EL5/102 Board of Trade Jan 1948 - Dec 1950
EL5/103 Board of Trade Dec 1950 - May 1952
EL5/104 Treasury Jan 1946 - Dec 1948
EL5/105 Treasury Jan 1949 - Dec 1951
EL5/106 Treasury Jan 1952 - Dec 1953
EL5/107 Treasury Jan 1954 - Dec 1955

Welsh Committee, 1945-1961
Reference Description Dates
EL5/108 Welsh Committee Sept 1947 - Dec 1947
EL5/109 Welsh Committee Jan 1948 - Dec 1948
EL5/110 Welsh Committee Mar 1949 - Dec 1950
EL5/111 Welsh Committee Jan 1951 - Dec 1951
EL5/112 Dr D. E. Parry Williams 1945-1961

File titles Wi to Yo, 1948-1952
Reference Description Dates
EL5/113 Wireless Licences Levy June 1952 - July 1952
EL5/114 York Festival Jan 1948 - Dec 1949
EL5/115 York Festival Jan 1950 - Dec 1951