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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/CL/FB
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1865-1956
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3 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:

Records of the London County Council Clerk's Department relating to the Fire Brigade Committee. General papers on a variety of subjects, 1865-1956, including fire alarms, fire telephones and exchange telephone lines, automatic fire alarms, malicious false alarms, annual displays, air raid precautions, the Auxiliary Fire Service, exhibitions, Coronation arrangements (1937), film and photograph service, cost of the Fire Brigade, inventions affecting Fire Brigade equipment, smoke helmets and breathing apparatus, hydrants, water supply, fire prevention, fire stations, serious fires and other incidents, fires on tube railways, the River Service, the Departmental Committee on Fire Brigades in Great Britain, the Royal Commission on Fire Brigades and Fire Prevention, the Departmental Committee on Fire Brigade Services, legislation affecting fire brigades, Fire Service organisation, the Central Fire Brigades Advisory Council Joint Fire Prevention Committee, radio and telephone communications, London Fire Brigade publicity (press cuttings and fire prevention film), Fire Brigade circulars, staffing and medals and awards.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LCC/CL/FB/1: Committee Clerk's general papers (177 files).

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information are subject to access restrictions under the UK Data Protection Act, 1998.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:

See LCC/FB for papers of the London County Council Fire Brigade Department. See also LFE for the London Fire Engine Establishment and LFCDA for the London Fire and Civil Defence Authority.

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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