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Queen Mary, University of London

CARLTON, Ann (fl 1965-2018)


Reference code(s): GB 0370 AC

Held at: Queen Mary, University of London

Title: CARLTON, Ann (fl 1965-2018)

Date(s): 1958-1991

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 5 boxes

Name of creator(s): Carlton | Ann | fl 1965-2018 | Labour Party activist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Ann Carlton (fl 1965-2018) attended school in Liverpool and later studied at the London School of Economics. She undertook various roles for the Labour Party including work in the research department (1965-1966), Local Government Officer (1967-1974) and Special Adviser in the Department of the Environment (from 1974). In her capacity as Local Government Officer she was Secretary to the Home Policy Committee's Regional and Local Government Advisory Committee (later the Regional and Local Government Sub-Committee) and the Association of Municipal Corporations Labour Group.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of Ann Carlton, primarily relating to her work as Local Government Officer for the Labour Party between 1967 and 1974. There are also some papers from the late 1950s and early-mid 1960s when Michael Ward and later Joan Bourne were Local Government Officer. The collection primarily consists of papers from various groups and committees Carlton and her predecessors were involved with, particularly the Labour Party Home Policy sub-committees relating to local government, which the Local Government Officer was Secretary of. These were the Local Government Sub-Committee (papers from 1959-1960 and 1963-1964), the Regional and Local Government Advisory Committee (papers from 1965-1970), and the Regional and Local Government Sub-Committee (papers from 1970-1971). Carlton was also Secretary for the Association of Municipal Corporations Labour Group (papers from 1963-1973). Other papers relate to a Study Group on the Maud Report on the Management of Local Government (papers from 1964 and 1967), the Association of Education Committees and its future (papers from 1973-1974), and the reorganisation of local authority associations (papers from 1973). There are also copies of papers circulated to Labour groups from 1968-1972, and correspondence and press cuttings relating to Ann Carlton's work.

The papers have a particular focus on proposals to reorganise local government in the 1960s and 1970s, and the impact of this on local authority associations. The topics of housing and town planning, local government conferences and local elections also feature heavily.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The papers were originally grouped together based on the different committees or areas of work that they relate to. The correspondence and press cuttings relate to various areas of work but were separate from the other papers. This original order has been maintained through the creation of a series for each committee/area of work and a final series for correspondence and press cuttings.

Conditions governing access:

The Archives are available for access in the Archives Reading Room located on the 2nd Floor of the Mile End Library. The Archives Reading Room is open Mondays to Fridays 9am-4pm by appointment only. Contact the Archives for more information: Archives, Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 3873, email: For more information about the Archives see the website:

Conditions governing reproduction:

Applications for copies for research or publication should be made to the Archivist: Main Library QMUL, 328 Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone: 020 7882 7873, email:

Finding aids:

Online catalogue

Detailed catalogue



Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to Queen Mary, University of London.


Related material:

Further papers of Ann Carlton are held at LSE Library.

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: May 2018.

Local government | Public administration | Government
Political activities | Politics | Political science
Educational policy

Personal names
Carlton | Ann | fl 1965-2004 | Labour Party activist

Corporate names
Labour Party (Great Britain)