Catalogue description Ministry of Supply and predecessors: Armaments Research Department and predecessors: Director of Experiments and Research's Collection of Reports, Abstracts and Other Records

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Reference: SUPP 28
Title: Ministry of Supply and predecessors: Armaments Research Department and predecessors: Director of Experiments and Research's Collection of Reports, Abstracts and Other Records
Description:

Most of the records in this series appear to have come from the Director of Experiments and Research of the Research Department (later Armament Research Department), Woolwich and transferred to Waltham Abbey just after the Second World War when the decision had been made to concentrate explosives research there.

This series consists of a comprehensive set of reference abstract cards and some related source material as well as some miscellaneous research reports.

Pieces 1-103 consists of around 100,000 Reference Cards. The bulk of the cards are filed under scientific or technological headings. The remainder, relating mainly to foreign matters, are filed under 'Foreign' or by name of country. There is also a sub-section under the generic title 'Reports'. Some reference numbers given refer to sources (eg files) which are not part of this collection. Others refer to material available in other PRO series.

The rest of this series consists for the most part of source material representing a variety of documents ranging from letters and loose minutes, many giving scientific and technical information of substance, to a selection of reports, including reports on experimental work and progress reports

The remaining category of reference material in the series covers a selection of miscellaneous reports and related material. Included are research reports; drawings of apparatus; papers relating to committee work; periodic progress reports; reports from the Chemical Research and Development Department; report indexes and papers relating to Combined/British Intelligence Objectives Committees - CIOC/BIOC (mainly accession lists). The research material covers experimental results, tests methodology, calimetry, manufacturing processes, investigation into accidents and research in other countries.

Date: 1888-1971
Related material:

Other related series are:

AVIA 37

AVIA 59

AVIA 67

AVIA 68

DEFE 15

WO 385

AVIA 40

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Ministry of Fuel and Power, Petroleum Warfare Department, 1942-1946

Ministry of Supply, Armament Research Department, 1942-1954

Petroleum Department, Petroleum Warfare Department, 1940-1942

Physical description: 444 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Ministry of Defence , from 1993

Accruals: Series is accruing

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