• Title
    Archive material from the Electricity Council and its predecessor and related organisations
  • Reference
  • Production date
    1920 - 1990
  • Creator
    • The Electricity CouncilBiography
    • Electricity CommissionersBiography
    • Central Electricity BoardBiography
    • The British Electricity AuthorityBiography
    • Central Electricity AuthorityBiography
  • Scope and Content
    The collection consists of minutes, agenda, annual reports and accounts, advertisements, photographs, films, and photographic images relating to the Electricity Council and its predecessor organisations and also to the many associated committees and groups dating from the 1880s to the 1990s. Predecessor organisations represented include: early private electricity companies; the Electricity Commissioners (1920-1947); the Central Electricity Board (1927-1948); the British Electricity Authority (1947-1954); the Area Electricity Boards (1947-1990); the Central Electricity Authority (1955-1957). Related organisations include: the Electrical Development Association (1919-1966); the Electrical Association for Women (1924-1986).
  • Extent
    c1200 linear metres
  • Language
  • Archival history
    The Electricity Council was established in 1958 when the Central Electricity Authority was split into two separate bodies. The Electricity Council acted as a Think-Tank, advising the Government on the Electricity Supply Industry, and was the sister organisation to the Central Electricity Generating Board. The Electricity Council retained control of the archives for all its predecessor organisations, as well as the Electrical Development Association, the Electrical Association for Women and its own library of material relating to the Electricity Supply Industry. The material was donated to the Museum in 1989 when the Electricity Supply Industry was once again privatised and the Electricity Council was replaced by the Electricity Association. The Electricity Association had no archive-keeping responsibilities but, recognising the value of its archives, decided that permanent preservation of the collection would be best met at the Museum, as the home of the National Electricity Gallery.
  • Level of description
  • Repository name
    Museum of Science and Industry
  • Subject
  • Conditions governing access
    Access is given in accordance with the Museum of Science and Industry's access policy. Material from this collection is available to researchers through the Museum's Archive Study Area.
  • Conditions governing Reproduction
    Copies may be supplied 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 Museum of Science and Industry’s terms and conditions for the supply and reproduction of copies, and the provisions of any relevant copyright legislation.
  • Appraisal
    Duplicates have been discarded.
  • System of arrangement
    The Electricity Council's own system of arrangement has been retained, with some alteration of references.