Catalogue description Office of Works and successors: Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings: Registered Files

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Details of WORK 14
Reference: WORK 14
Title: Office of Works and successors: Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings: Registered Files
Description:

This series contains correspondence and papers relating to ancient monuments and historic buildings, on subjects including repair works and maintenance, acquisitions and taking into guardianship and details of archaeological excavations.

The majority of the files were registered in the AA series, with some relating to historic buildings in the AE series, but some earlier papers are in unregistered folders. Some files date from after the creation of the Department of the Environment and the Property Services Agency.

A few early files relate to Welsh sites.

Date: 1699-1998
Related material:

Other related material may be found among the records of the Historic Buildings Council for Wales in BD 34

Monthly reports of the Ancient Monuments Branch in BD 42

For related plans and drawings, see WORK 31

Separated material:

Files re-registered in the HB series of the Ministry of Housing and Local Government are in HLG 126

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: AA, AE and AM file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

Department of the Environment, 1970-1997

Ministry of Public Building and Works, Controller Generals Division, 1967-1970

Ministry of Public Building and Works, Directorate General of Works, 1962-1967

Ministry of Works and Buildings, Directorate of Works, 1940-1942

Ministry of Works and Planning, Directorate of Works, 1942-1943

Ministry of Works, Directorate General of Works, 1946-1962

Ministry of Works, Directorate of Works, 1943-1945

Office of Works, Directorate of Works, 1920-1940

Ordnance Office, Board of Ordnance, 1683-1855

Property Services Agency, Directorate of Civil Accommodation, 1976-1990

War Office, 1857-1964

War Office, Fortifications Branch, 1855-1862

War Office, Master General of the Ordnance, Directorate of Fortifications and Works, 1904-1927

War Office, Quarter Master General, Directorate General of Works, 1959-1963

War Office, Quarter Master General, Directorate of Fortifcations and Works, 1935-1959

War Office, Works Department, 1862-1870

War Office, Works Division, 1870-1887

Physical description: 3346 file(s)
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 1935 Office of Works

Accumulation dates: File series ran from 1882 to 1988
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background: The Ordnance Board was created within the War Office, from the Board ofOrdnance in 1855. It consisted of a committee of munitions experts, whosepurpose was to advise the newly-formed Army Council on the safety and approvalof weapons. The registered files for ancient monuments and historic buildingswere held within the war office under various sub-departments until itstransfer to the ‘Department of the environment’ where it remained until 1997.

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