Catalogue description Admiralty: Mine Design Department and Mining Establishment: Reports and Papers

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Reference: ADM 253
Title: Admiralty: Mine Design Department and Mining Establishment: Reports and Papers

Progress and other reports and technical notes of the Admiralty Mining Department, then Establishment, and their successor the Underwater Countermeasures and Weapons Establishment. They include reports of trials at HMS Vernon. They deal with such subjects as mines, torpedoes, acoustics, and degaussing.

Date: 1922-1958
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English

Admiralty Mine Design Department, 1919-1946

Admiralty Mining Establishment, 1946-1951

Physical description: 878 files and volumes
Access conditions: Open unless otherwise stated
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From 1986 Admiralty

Accruals: Series is accruing
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A mining department was formed at the Admiralty in 1915, later becoming in 1919 the Mine Design Department (MDD), housed at HMS Vernon in Portsmouth. In 1946, after being dispersed to various places during the war, it was reconstituted at Leigh Park, Havant as the Admiralty Mining Establishment (AME). In 1951, its functions had been enlarged sufficiently to justify a change of title to the Underwater Counter measures and Weapon Establishment (UCWE). Mine sweeping and degaussing were amongst its interest, and a trials station was retained at Port Edgar on the Firth of Forth. With the concentration of almost all underwater research and development work at Portland, the Establishment closed in 1959.

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