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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/B/017-29

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1898-1975

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 29 production units.

Name of creator(s): Fire Offices' Committee | Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee)


Administrative/Biographical history:

The origins of the Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee) are unclear. At the end of the 19th century, it appears that a scheme was established for rating insurance premiums on theatres, music halls, and printers and allied trades under the auspices of the London Salvage Corps. The earliest records, tariff rate books, survive from 1896 (Ms 29509); circulars dating from 1899 exist among the records of the London Salvage Corps (CLC/B/017-23, Ms 15739). Meetings of offices interested in matters to do with printers and theatres (and later cinemas and film production studios) came to be held after the meetings of the London Salvage Corps (Ms 29503). The name Printers and Theatres Rating Committee seems to have been first used in 1914. There were also Northern and Scottish Rating Committees.

The Southern Rating Committee was originally managed and administered by the London Salvage Corps. In 1941, owing to the transfer of the London Salvage Corps to London County Council, it was taken over by the Fire Offices' Committee for the duration of the war. After the Second World War, the close relationship between the Southern Rating Committee and Fire Offices' Committee continued. In April 1962, the committee requested that its chairmanship and adninistration should be taken over by the chairman and officers of the Fire Offices' Committee.

The Southern Rating Committee was based at the premises of the London Salvage Corps (at 64 Watling Street) until its administration was taken over by the Fire Offices' Committee.


Scope and content/abstract:

The surviving records of the Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee) are incomplete. They mostly concern the rating of individual risks. As a result, they contain much information about particular theatres, music halls, cinemas, film production studios, publishers, printers and allied trades (including papermakers), and associated processes and products. Some of the records are indexed by name and/or place. The whereabouts of the records of the Northern and Scottish Rating Committees is unknown.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Records arranged by MS number, assigned during cataloguing at the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section.

Conditions governing access:

Access by appointment only. Please contact staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the City of London.

Finding aids:

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Fire Offices' Committee records, and those of the other organisations associated with it (apart from some minutes and other records which were found amongst the archives of the Sun Insurance Office and the records of the London Wharf and Warehouse Committee which have been listed separately) were deposited in the Manuscripts Section of Guildhall Library on 26 and 27 June 1985, and on 30 April and 1 June 1987. In June 1994 the deposit was converted to a gift by the Association of British Insurers. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.


Related material:

Fire Offices' Committee: CLC/B/017-11. Additional references to the Southern Rating Committee can be found in the records of the London Salvage Corps (CLC/B/017-23).

DESCRIPTION NOTES 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: November 2010 to January 2011.

Business records | Documents | Information sources
Cinemas | Recreational buildings | Buildings | Architecture
Fire insurance | Insurance | Finance
Insurance records | Documents | Information sources
Insurance services | Financial service industries | Service industries
Music theatres | Theatres | Recreational buildings | Buildings | Architecture
Paper technology | Chemical technology
Papermaking | Paper industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Printing workshops | Industrial facilities | Facilities
Professional associations | Associations | Organizations
Trade associations | Associations | Organizations
Paper industry x Paper technology

Personal names

Corporate names
Fire Offices' Committee | association for fire insurance providers
Fire Offices' Committee | Printers and Theatres Rating Committee (Southern Committee)

UK | Western Europe | Europe