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  • Title
    Papers of Dr Michael Bonavia
  • Reference
    BON
  • Production date
    1876 - 1994
  • Creator
    • Michael BonaviaBiography
  • Scope and Content
    The archive covers mainly the years between 1948 and 1953, during his employment with the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) and the British Transport Commission (BTC). The collection includes reports spanning intermittent years; mainly between 1931 and 1973. Correspondence relating to the Modernisation Plan of 1955 and the London Plan, minutes, maps, memoranda and books are also included. Much of the material relates to the London and North Eastern Railway company, the establishment of the British Transport Commission, the Railway Executive, the transformation of British Railways in the 1960s and the British Railways Board. Bonavia held the position of Director of Studies for a brief time period and there are no records within the collection which relate to this post. Bonavia was concerned with the arrangement of the archive and has included a brief commentary on the items within the collection, which provides an insight into the matters with which he was involved.
  • Extent
    9 boxes
  • Physical description
    The collection contains printed materials including reports, pamphlets, books, maps and correspondence. The majority of the material is in good condition and at present there are no immediate conservation concerns. The collection came to the National Railway Museum in an extremely fragile state
  • Language
    English, French, French
  • Archival history
    The material remained with Bonavia after his retirement from the British Railways Board in 1974, until 18th July 1994 when he presented the collection to the National Railway Museum. The items do not provide a continuous record but are the personal selection of Bonavia, with many items providing evidence of his involvement in various matters. The collection has been arranged into 12 series, each one relating to one of the positions Bonavia held during his career. The items within each series have been arranged in date order and this arrangement endeavours to represent the way in which Bonavia arranged the material. The material was used during Bonavia's working life and has also been relevant for research for his writings after retirement, which include British Rail: the first 25 years and The Birth of British Rail.
  • Level of description
    TOP
  • Repository name
    National Railway Museum, York
  • Associated people and organisations
    • London & North Eastern Railway CoBiography
    • British Transport CommissionBiography
    • Railway ExecutiveBiography
    • British Rail: Eastern RegionBiography
    • British Railways BoardBiography
  • Subject
  • Conditions governing access
    Access is given in accordance with the NRM access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through Search Engine
  • Conditions governing Reproduction
    Copies may be supplied of items in the collection, provided that the copying process used does not damage the item or is not detrimental to its preservation. Copies will be supplied in accordance with the NRM’s terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation
  • Appraisal
    No appraisal of this collection has been undertaken
  • System of arrangement
    Bonavia was concerned with the arrangement of the archive and has included a brief commentary on the items within the collection, which provides an insight into the matters with which he was involved [BON/12]. The collection has been arranged into 12 series
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