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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/CER
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1886-1962
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 5.22 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London County Council delegated administrative matters to its committees, both standing committees and a number of special committees appointed for specific purposes. The committees met frequently, either weekly or fortnightly, while the Council met weekly. Committee reports requiring decision by the Council were dealt with weekly, and each committee reported to the Council every 6 months. In addition the Council also had representatives on many bodies such as industrial councils, school governing bodies and charitable foundations. For the purpose of carrying out the services of the Council, the staff is organised into departments, each of which is under the responsibility of a chief officer.

The Clerk of the Council was the chief administrative officer of the Council, acting as the clerk of the Council itself as well as the various committees. Additional important duties of the Clerk's Department included the maintenance of the library for members of the Council at City Hall, the preparation of general publications and the responsibility for general work including records.


Scope and content/abstract:

Papers of the London County Council Clerk's Department Ceremonial Officer including bound volumes containing the principal documents for each ceremonial occasion, 1889-1935; correspondence relating to ceremonial events, 1897-1935; bound volumes containing principal documents and correspondence for each ceremonial occasion, 1935-1962; bound volumes of pamphlets relating to ceremonies, 1893-1952, including opening ceremonies, dedications and unveilings for parks, gardens, memorials, libraries, Blackwall Tunnel, Tower Bridge, Greenwich Tunnel, schools, housing estates and the tramway system, and also for visits from dignitaries, displays, award ceremonies and exhibitions; order of proceedings leaflets, 1890-1956; examples of admission tickets to opening and other ceremonies, 1886-1960.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/CL/CER/1: Record of events; LCC/CL/CER/2: Correspondence; LCC/CL/CER/3: Pamphlets; LCC/CL/CER/4: General.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Acquired with the records of its parent body, the London County Council.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Duplicate copies of the ceremonial pamphlets are available in the LMA Library.

Publication note:

For further information on the history of the LCC please see Achievement: A Short History of the London County Council by W Eric Jackson (1965), LMA Library reference 18.0 1965, The London County Council 1938, LMA Library reference 18.7 SER 4, and The Youngest County: A description of London as a county and its public services, 1951, LMA Library reference 18.0 1951.

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

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:
April to June 2009

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