Catalogue description Records of the Civil Aviation Departments

Details of Division within BT
Reference: Division within BT
Title: Records of the Civil Aviation Departments

Records of the Civil Aviation Departments of the Board of Trade and successors relating to responsibilities for civil aviation. Includes records inherited from the Ministry of Aviation and its predecessors.


  • Aerodromes General Division, BT 338
  • Aerodromes Group, BT 247
  • Aerodromes Technical Directorate, BT 366
  • Civil Aviation Accidents Investigation Branch, BT 217, BT 218,BT 219 andBT 220, and BT 233
  • Civil Aviation Flying Unit, Stansted, BT 267
  • Concorde project, BT 242
  • Electronic Research and Development (Civil Aviation) Branch and successor, BT 332
  • International Relations Division, BT 245
  • Navigational Services Group, BT 249
  • Safety and General Group, BT 248
  • Telecommunications Directorate, BT 252 and BT 370
  • Civil Aviation Safety Adviser's Division and its successors, BT 394

Date: 1919-2002
Related material:

For further records of civil aviation departments see Aviation Ministry, Division within AVIA

Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Physical description: 17 series
Administrative / biographical background:

Until April 1945 civil aviation was the responsibility of the Air Ministry. By the Ministry of Civil Aviation Act 1945 responsibility for the control of civil aviation was transferred to the new Ministry; then in October 1953 the Ministry was merged with the Ministry of Transport to form the Ministry of Transport and Civil Aviation. The function passed to the new Ministry of Aviation on its formation in October 1959.

Between July and December 1966 the civil aviation functions of the Ministry of Aviation were transferred to the Board of Trade, where a new Civil Aviation Department was set up. On the merger of the Board of Trade and the Ministry of Technology in October 1970 to form the Department of Trade and Industry, the new department took over all the Board of Trade's civil aviation functions.

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