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Reference: AVIA 44
Title: Ministry of Supply and Ministry of Aircraft Production: Scientific and Technical Monographs

Specialist monographs intended to record the results of research work by the two ministries during the Second World War.

Date: 1938-1954
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1940-1945

Ministry of Supply, 1939-1959

Physical description: 613 file(s)
Access conditions: Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

Towards the end of World War II the War Cabinet Scientific Advisory Committee inaugurated a scheme which required government departments to prepare specialist monographs on the scientific and technical research upon which they had been engaged during the war. The complete results, which were to include extramural research also, were intended to form a comprehensive permanent record of British war-time effort in science and technology.

In April 1946 the legal amalgamation of the two ministries was effected, resulting in the formation of one overall Ministry of Supply. The preparatory work on the two series continued, separately, within the new department until 1948, when it was considered that sufficient monograph material had been compiled to fulfill the requirements of the original War Cabinet directive.

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