Catalogue description Admiralty and Ministry of Defence: Admiralty Materials Laboratory: Reports

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Reference: ADM 252
Title: Admiralty and Ministry of Defence: Admiralty Materials Laboratory: Reports

Reports of the Admiralty Materials Laboratory, which was responsible for research into metallurgy, rubber, plastics and chemicals for naval use.

Date: 1947-1979
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Admiralty Materials Laboratory, 1947-1977

Physical description: 744 files, microform and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:

Ministry of Defence , from 1986

Accumulation dates: 1947-1977
Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

The Admiralty Materials Laboratory opened in 1947 in part of the Royal Naval Cordite Factory at Holton Heath, Dorset. It was formed round a nucleus of staff from the factory control laboratory. Its work programme has consisted of research and some development on materials and chemical techniques for naval service in the fields of metallurgy, rubber and plastics, chemical technology, and general chemicals. For some years it had a marine biological section also. Headquarters direction was provided by the Director of Materials Research until that directorate was abolished. In 1977 the Establishment became part of the Admiralty Marine Technology Establishment (AMTE), and still later part of the unified Admiralty Research Establishment.

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