Catalogue description Office of Works and successors: Ceremonial: Registered Files

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Details of WORK 21
Reference: WORK 21
Title: Office of Works and successors: Ceremonial: Registered Files

This series contains correspondence, accounts, press cuttings, and other papers relating to arrangements for marriages, coronations, jubilees and funerals of royal persons; the thanksgiving service for the recovery of the Prince of Wales, 1872; the funerals of the Duke of Wellington, 1852, and Winston Churchill, 1965; the Investiture of the Prince of Wales, 1969, important public occasions, peace celebrations and visits by foreign royalty or heads of government.

Most of the files were registered in the AE series, although there are also a few from the AL, EG and SP series. 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.

Date: 1727-1987
Related material:

Records of the Lord Chamberlain's Office relating to special royal events from 1500 to 1911 are in LC 2

For related plans and drawings, see WORK 36

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

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 Woods, Forests, Land Revenues, Works and Buildings, Works Department, 1832-1851

Office of Works, 1378-1832

Office of Works, 1851-1940

Office of Works, Architects and Surveyors Division, 1902-1914

Office of Works, Architects Division, 1914-1920

Office of Works, Directorate of Works, 1920-1940

Office of Works, Surveyors Division, 1901-1901

Physical description: 447 files, flat sheets and volumes
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

From 2008 Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Office of the King's Works and its successors were responsible for providing the structures and decorations required for major ceremonial occasions from the Middle Ages onwards, although surviving records of the Office of Works date only from the eighteenth century and later. The overall planning and organisation of most such events was the responsibility of the Lord Chamberlain's Office within the Royal Household, with which the Office of Works and its successors worked closely.

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