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National Campaign for the Arts

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 2603 NCA
Held at: Goldsmiths College, University of London
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Full title: National Campaign for the Arts
Date(s): 1945-1998
Level of description: Collection (fonds)
Extent: 13 cartons
Name of creator(s): National Campaign for the Arts


Administrative/Biographical history:

The National Campaign for the Arts (NCA) is the only independent lobbying organisation that represents all the arts. The campaign is funded entirely by its members to ensure its independence. It gives a voice for the arts world in all its diversity. The membership of the campaign includes nearly five hundred organisations of every size and variety. These include major theatre, opera and dance companies, national visual arts and museums organisations, writers' groups, local authorities, dance and drama schools, film and TV companies, friends' groups, unions, arts centres, local galleries and small scale companies. The National Campaign for the Arts meets, lobbies and influences decision makers, and discusses policy and proposals in detail with major arts funders. The NCA was established in 1985 when two lobbying organisations - the National Lobby for the Arts (NLA) and British Arts Voice (BRAVO) - joined forces. It was formed as a company limited by guarantee, owing to the political nature of its work, but established the charity National Campaign for the Arts Research and Education Ltd (NCARE) in 2000 to develop the organisation's education work.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the National Campaign for the Arts, [1945-1998], comprising material relating to international arts policies in Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, USA, Europe, Denmark, France, Italy, Germany, Republic of Ireland, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey, [1980s-1990s]; material concerning government dealings with the arts, including Reports of the Education, Science and Arts Committee, correspondence with MPs from the Conservative, Labour and Liberal Democrat parties, and surveys of Local Authority arts spending; Reports of the Arts Council of Great Britain, 1945-1994, including reports on the national arts and media strategy; papers relating to regional Arts Boards in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland; papers concerning quangos such as the British Council, the Crafts Council, the Museums and Galleries Commission and the Scottish Museums Council; material relating to arts organisations, including ABSA, the BBC, the British Film Institute, the English National Opera, the Independent Television Commission, the London Arts Lobby, the National Lottery and the Royal Opera House; subject files relating to types of art form, notably architecture, broadcasting, dance, education, film, literature, museums, libraries, music, opera, orchestras, radio, theatre and visual arts; publications relating to the arts in Great Britain; and correspondence files of officers of the NCA, [1985-1990].

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:
English, French

System of arrangement:

Arranged by the NCA in files broadly according to subject.

Conditions governing access:

By appointment. Available to bona fide researchers only. Contact the Deputy Librarian for details.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Deputy Librarian.

Finding aids:

Shelf list available.

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in 2000/2001.

Allied Materials

Related material:

National Register of Archives: Click here to view NRA record

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:
Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

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:
Feb 2002

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