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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/076
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1935-1997
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 3 production units.
Name of creator(s): Institute of Masters of Wine


Administrative/Biographical history:

In 1953 the Vintners' Company and the Wine and Spirit Association founded the qualification 'Master of Wine', awarded to those who passed a rigorous exam. The aim was to improve the standard of the British wine trade and promote professional excellence. The Institute was founded in 1955 by those who passed the first exam. It is now an independent body which runs the education programme and administers the Master of Wine exams.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the Institute of Masters of Wine, comprising minute book of the Education Committee, correspondence and cartoons depicting wine tastings.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

The records have been arranged in order reflecting the record function, e.g. administration, financial and so on.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section, which merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

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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:
June to August 2010.

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