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British Library of Political and Economic Science

SENIOR, Derek, 1912-1988, journalist


Reference code(s): GB 0097 SENIOR

Held at: British Library of Political and Economic Science

Title: SENIOR, Derek, 1912-1988, journalist

Date(s): [1940-1988]

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 119 boxes plus maps

Name of creator(s): Senior | Derek | 1912-1988 | journalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Born 1912; educated Manchester Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford University; joined editorial staff, Manchester Guardian, 1937-1960; served World War Two, 1939-1945; free-lance writer, 1960-1988, on subjects including gardening, architecture, town planning and local government; Member, Royal Commission on Local Government in England, 1966-1969, for which he wrote a Memorandum of Dissent; member, Basildon Development Corporation, 1975-1979; died 1988. Publications: A guide to the Cambridge Plan (Planning Department, Cambridge County Council, 1956); (ed) The regional city: an Anglo-American discussion of metropolitan planning (Longmans, London, 1966); City of Manchester Plan (Jarrold and Sons, Norwich and London, 1945); Central redevelopment: the Eldon Square area (Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council, 1964); Your architect (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1964).


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Derek Senior, [1940-1988], including material relating to the Royal Commission on Local Government in England, 1966-1969, notably briefing papers, evidence, minutes of meetings, printed materials, working papers, press cuttings, research studies, correspondence and drafts of the final report; cuttings, articles and reports on urban form, structure, land use and town planning; reports, articles and pamphlets on numerous subjects, including rural conservation, local government reorganisation, education, housing, and transport; typescripts of several books by Senior.


Language/scripts of material: English

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Conditions governing access:

Closed until listed.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Apply to Archivist for copyright details.

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Archival history:

Given by the family in 1991.

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Related material:

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of John Primatt Redcliffe Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud relating to the Royal Commission on Local Government in England (Ref: Redcliffe-Maud).

The John Rylands University library of Manchester holds letters from Senior to the Manchester Guardian, 1949-1955 (Ref: Guardian Archives).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. 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: May 2001

Local government | Public administration | Government
Urban planning | Urban development
Town and country planning

Personal names
Senior | Derek | 1912-1988 | journalist

Corporate names
Royal Commission on Local Government in England | 1966-1969 x Redcliffe-Maud Commission