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ABB - Architects and Building Branch (photographic archive)

Identity Statement
Reference code:
Title: Photographic Archive of the Architects and Building Branch, Ministry of Education and successors
Dates of creation: 1940s-1980s
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 90 boxes

Administrative history: The Architects and Building Branch was formed in 1949 by the merger of the Architects Branch and the Buildings and Priority Branch of the then Ministry of Education, thus bringing together both administrative personnel and professional architects into one multi-disciplinary team. During its influential work overseeing central government policy relating to school architecture and specific building programmes, it accumulated a large collection of photographs, slides and associated material.

Custodial history: The photographic prints were transferred from the Department for Education and Employment (DfEE) to the National Primary Education Archive at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln in 1996 and from there to the Institute of Education in 1998. The slide collection was transferred directly from the DfEE to the Institute of Education in 2000.

Content and Structure
Scope and content:
Photographs mainly covering the period 1940s-1980s, including black and white and colour prints, contact strips, negatives, glass plates, and slides. These document the exteriors and interiors of school and college buildings, both during construction and after completion, and include images of furniture, equipment and of activities in schools; microfilms of plans and drawings; some related papers such as plans, schedules, notes and correspondence.

Subject terms: Architecture; Building design; Interior architecture; Classrooms; Educational equipment; Photographs; School buildings; School furniture

Personal names: Medd, David

Corporate names: Great Britain. Ministry of Education. Architects and Building Branch; Great Britain. Department of Education and Science. Architects and Building Branch

Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions:
Available for study.
Finding aids: The collection has been partly listed with some content available on the online catalogue. Further lists are available from the Archivist

Allied materials
Related units of description:
The National Archives holds the records of the Architects and Building Branch of the Ministry of Education and successors (ED 150, ED 203). The Institute of Education also holds the personal papers of David Medd, an influential architect with the Branch (DC/ME).