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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 CLC/088
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1894-1963
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 7 production units.
Name of creator(s): London Municipal Society


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London Municipal Society was founded in 1894 to promote the interests of the Conservative party in London local politics and to press for structural and financial reform of the London County Council. Closely associated with the ratepayers movement, it fought local elections before 1945 first as the Moderate and later (from 1906) as the Municipal Reform Party. It was dissolved in 1963 on the eve of the reform of London local government and the closer involvement of Conservative central office in London local politics.

The Society had offices at the following addresses, all in Westminster: 16 George Street, 1894-1902; 11 Tothill Street, 1902-11; 33 Tothill Street, 1911-13; 2 Bridge Street, 1913-17; 1 Sanctuary Buildings, Great Smith Street, 1917-21; Palace Chambers, Bridge Street, 1922-7 and 1932-63; and 25 Victoria Street, 1927-32.

For a history of the Society see Local Politics and the Rise of Party by Ken Young (Leicester University Press, 1975).


Scope and content/abstract:

London Municipal Society records comprising annual general meetings minutes, 1894-1962 (Ms 19526); council meetings minutes, 1894-1950 (Ms 19527); and executive committee meetings minutes, 1894-1963 (Ms 19528).

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Minutes arranged in chronological order.

Conditions governing access:

Not available for online ordering. Please see staff.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in Guildhall Library in 1981, and catalogued in the same year by a member of Guildhall Library staff. The Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section merged with the London Metropolitan Archives in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

See also ACC/3561 for records of the Municipal Reform Party.

Publication note:

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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