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PUBLIC CONTROL DEPARTMENT: MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): LCC/PC/MASS
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Full title: PUBLIC CONTROL DEPARTMENT: MASSAGE ESTABLISHMENTS
Date(s): 1915-1965
Level of description: Collection
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Extent: 0.95 linear metres
Name of creator(s): LCC | London County Council x London County Council

Context

Administrative/Biographical history:

The term 'public control', as used in the Council's organisation, embraced various services of a regulative character, mostly exercised by some form of licensing control. Largely unobtrusive in their operation, and producing no spectacular effects, they were all carried out in the public interest and, in some respects, for the protection of the public or certain sections of it.

Their administration was conditioned by trends in the legislative provisions under which they were operated, by shifts and changes in social usages, and by the development of the Council's policies towards the matters to which they related.

The original purpose of the Council's powers, obtained in 1915 and 1920, to deal with places where massage, manicure, chiropody, vapour and other baths, and electrical treatment were given, was to ensure that such places were not used for immoral practices. Control was subsequently directed mainly towards ensuring that treatments were given only by people who were suitably qualified.

Content

Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London County Council Public Control Department relating to massage establishments, 1915-1965, including registers of infringements by massage establishments; registers of licences granted to massage establishments; register of hairdressers registered for massage; register of "special cases"; register of licences refused or revoked; sample of case papers; printed reports relating to massage establishments.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English

System of arrangement:

LCC/PC/MASS/01: Registers; LCC/PC/MASS/02: Case papers; LCC/PC/MASS/03: Reports and applications.

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:

Please see online catalogues at: http://search.lma.gov.uk/opac_lma/index.htm

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

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

Allied Materials

Related material:


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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