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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): CLC/B/017-05A
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1966-1990
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 6 production units
Name of creator(s): British Life Assurance Trust


Administrative/Biographical history:

The organisation was founded in 1966 as the 'British Life Assurance Trust for health education in association with the British Medical Association'. It was established as a charitable trust with the objective 'by means of audio visual aids to promote the further education of the medical profession and public generally in the fields of preventative medicine and health'. The Trust was formed of trustees from British Life Offices (Life Offices' Association and Associated Scottish Life Offices) and trustees from BMA including BMA's Chair of Council, Secretary and Committees. Meetings were mainly held at BMA House, Tavistock Square.

The Trust promoted and financed the production and exhibition of audio visual aids (including printed matter, films, television, videos, cassette tapes, discs, photographs and exhibits), co-ordinated and advised on production, research into the production and effectiveness of audio visual aids. The Trust also approved finished products through a Trophy award. A BLAT Centre for Health and Medical Education was later established at BMA's offices at BMA House.

From 1987 the name by which the Trust was widely known was changed from BLAT to BLITHE (British Life Assurance Trust for Health Education), and was sponsored by Association of British Insurers (successor to Life Offices' Association) and the BMA. By 1987 staffing and related funding issues were apparent and in March 1989 solicitors resolution for dissolution of the Trust were agreed. The Trust was dissolved at the final meeting held 26 April 1990 at Aldermary House, City of London.


Scope and content/abstract:

Minutes and financial accounts of the British Life Assurance Trust.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Minutes; accounts.

Conditions governing access:

48 hours are required for access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright is held by the City of London.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Gifted to London Metropolitan Archives in 2011.

Allied Materials

Related material:

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:
April 2012.

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