Catalogue description Ministry of Supply and successors: Branch Registry Files

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Reference: WO 286
Title: Ministry of Supply and successors: Branch Registry Files

Files from the Ministry of Supply (otherwise in SUPP) Branch Registry systems covering functions transferred to the War Office in 1959. Files deal with aspects of the supply of arms and equipment to the army, the Royal Ordnance Factories, and the export of arms.

Some files from AVIA 22, AVIA 46, AVIA 49, AVIA 50, AVIA 51, AVIA 52, AVIA 53, AVIA 54, AVIA 55, AVIA 56, and AVIA 57 (the 1-12 series) were re-registered in this series.

Date: 1925-1978

A decentralised registry series was started in the Ministry of Supply in 1949 designed gradually to replace the existing 1-12 series (AVIA). Under this system, which covered all aspects of the Ministry's work, each branch, or, in some cases, a group of branches, was allocated a unique 2 - letter combination for use as the first element of the file reference.

On return to the War Office registry some files had their references prefixed with the number 4.

Related material:

For files relating to functions taken over by the Ministry of Aviation see AVIA 65

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

Ministry of Supply, 1939-1959

War Office, 1857-1964

Physical description: 101 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1972 Ministry of Defence

Accruals: Series is accruing.

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