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British Library of Political and Economic Science

Inland Waterways Association


Reference code(s): GB 0097 IWA

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: Inland Waterways Association

Date(s): 1971-[1983]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 32 boxes

Name of creator(s): Inland Waterways Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

The Inland Waterways Association was founded as a registered charity in 1946 to campaign for the restoration, retention and development of inland waterways in the British Isles and their fullest possible commercial use. Membership is by invitation only. In 1971, the IWA Council established a sub-committee entitled the Commercial Carrying Group, which later changed its name to the Inland Shipping Group (ISG). Its purpose is to advise the IWA on matters pertaining to freight carrying on inland waterways, as well as maintaining liaison with other interest groups, organising conferences and seminars, and generally publicising this mode of transport. Each of the IWA's seven regions has an Inland Shipping Committee.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), 1971-[1983], including minutes of the Commercial Carrying Group/Inland Shipping Group, 1971-1982; minutes and reports of the Regional Inland Shipping Committees, 1976-[1983]; official IWA/ISG correspondence, 1973-1980; IWA and ISG address and membership lists; ISG publications, [1972]-1982, including fact sheets; press cuttings, papers and printed material not relating to ISG, 1975-1979.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Arranged in sections as given in the Scope and Content.

Conditions governing access:

Apply to Archivist.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

Temporary list of part of the collection available on application to the Archivist.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Given by Mark Baldwin, Vice-Chairman of the Inland Waterways Association, in several accessions during 1981, 1982, and 1983.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of Charles Hadfield, a canal historian and Honorary Consultant to the IWA (Ref: Hadfield). The Public Record Office holds correspondence and papers of the Secretary General, minutes and various branch records, 1947-1970 (Ref: PRO30/82/249-323); West Yorkshire Archives Service has correspondence, 1974-1977 (Ref: YCE 6/1/8).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: Nov 2000

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