Reference code(s): GB 0074 A/SCA
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
Title: SOCIETY FOR CHECKING ABUSES OF PUBLIC ADVERTISING
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 2.68 linear metres
Name of creator(s): Society for Checking the Abuses of Public Advertising | SCAPA
Society for Prevention of Disfigurement in Town and Country
The Society for Checking the Abuses of Public Advertising (SCAPA) was founded in 1893 by Mr. Richardson Evans with the object of focusing public opinion on the disfigurement caused by outdoor advertising. It promoted statutory and voluntary regulation and the former was partly secured by the society through the passing of the Advertisements Regulation Acts 1907 and 1925. As these Acts did not themselves restrict advertising but merely empowered local authorities to make bye-laws for that purpose, further campaigns were undertaken to ensure all local authorities used their power to the full.
The society also maintained an interest in the siting and design of petrol filling stations and the litter problem and expanded its title to the Society for Prevention of Disfigurement in Town and Country but continued to be known by its abbreviated title.
The Control of Advertisements Regulations Act 1948 brought advertisements for the first time under full planning control and it was felt that SCAPA's objects had been largely achieved and the society was eventually wound up 1952-1953.
Scope and content/abstract:
Records of the Society for Checking the Abuses of Public Advertising (SCAPA), including Executive Committee minute books; financial accounts; lists of members; correspondence, including letters relating to subscriptions, byelaws, cases and litter; petitions; annual reports; publications by SCAPA and others; newspaper cuttings and posters.
ACCESS AND USE
Language/scripts of material: English
System of arrangement:
A/SCA/01: Minutes and agenda;
A/SCA/05: Annual reports and publications;
A/SCA/06: Printed material.
Conditions governing access:
These records are open to public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to closure periods.
Conditions governing reproduction:
Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.
Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm
Immediate source of acquisition:
Records deposited in 1957 and 1958.
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: June to August 2010.