Papers of Nuffield Tools and Gauges Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Signed Board minutes, 1943-1974; Balance sheets and accounts, 1942-1968; register of shareholders and directors; administration files,1947-1952; memorandum and articles of association, 1942.

Administrative / Biographical History

The company was formed to take over the business of Nuffield Tools and Gauges from Morris Motors Limited as a going concern on 31 December 1942.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection


This collection forms part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive (MSS.226).

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

A 30 year closure period applies to this collection.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1988.

Other Finding Aids

A paper catalogue to file level is available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources. A catalogue to file level is available in electronic format on the Access to Archives (A2A) website at:

Authority records exist for Nuffield Tools and Gauges (GB 152 AAR2323) and Morris Motors Limited (GB 152 AAR2309).

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for publication of deposited material or the result of research based on it should be made to the Trust. The Trust reserves all rights to commercial exploitation and commercial publication. Please contact the Centre's staff for further details.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Custodial History

The records were part of the contents of the deed boxes discovered in early 1988 in the Poplars building at the Cowley Body Plant when that building was being demolished.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds the papers of other companies which form part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive. These include the papers of other Nuffield related organisations Nuffield Mechanizations Ltd., MSS.226/NM and Nuffield Exports Ltd., MSS.226/NE, and the papers of Morris Motors Limited, MSS.226/MO.

Technical materials are retained by the BMIHT. Technical enquiries should be made direct to the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, Archives and Information Service, Gaydon, Warwickshire.