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University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion

International Wool Secretariat


Reference code(s): GB 2159 International Wool Secretariat

Held at: University of the Arts London: London College of Fashion

Title: International Wool Secretariat

Date(s): 1940s-1970s

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: Approximately 2000 black and white photographs

Name of creator(s): London Press Office and Public Relations Department of the International Wool Secretariat


Administrative/Biographical history:

The International Wool Secretariat (IWS) was founded in 1937 and promoted the use and export of Australian wool, working with textile companies, designers and retailers. The International Wool Secretariat soon began special export promotions to the USA and South Africa, and during the 1940s and 1950s offices were established in several European countries, Canada and Japan. In 1964 the International Wool Secretariat began to use their Woolmark logo and continued to expand in size and profit, branching out into new areas such as knitwear, including menswear and womenswear, and carpets. In 1994 the activities of the International Wool Secretariat were merged with those of the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation (AWRAP), and operated as one organisation under the control of AWRAP. In 1997 the International Wool Secretariat became the Woolmark Company, specialising in textile innovation and technical research, and the London office was closed as Woolmark moved its operations and headquarters to Melbourne, Australia.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London Office of the International Wool Secretariat, 1940s-1970s, comprising publicity photographs of womenswear, menswear and some childrenswear, mainly from the UK but including some from Europe and the USA.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records are unsorted.

Conditions governing access:

Access to the collection is by appointment only.

Conditions governing reproduction:

No photocopying is permitted although photographs may be taken at the discretion of the Head of Learning Resources.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:

The records are uncatalogued.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

The records were donated to the London College of Fashion by the Public Relations Office of the London Office of the International Wool Secretariat on the closure of the office in 1997.


Existence and location of originals:

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Archivist's note: Sources: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre's Australian Science at Work website:; The Woolmark Company's website: Compiled by Julie Tancell 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: July 2002

Clothing | Textiles
Fashion | Customs and traditions | Cultural heritage
Photographs | Visual materials
Textile industry | Manufacturing industry | Industry
Wool | Textiles
Animal products

Personal names

Corporate names
International Wool Secretariat

Australia | Oceania
London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
USA | North America