SENIOR, Derek, 1912-1988, journalist

Scope and Content

Papers of Derek Senior, [1940-1988], including material relating to the Royal Commission on Local Government in England, 1966-1969, notably briefing papers, evidence, minutes of meetings, printed materials, working papers, press cuttings, research studies, correspondence and drafts of the final report; cuttings, articles and reports on urban form, structure, land use and town planning; reports, articles and pamphlets on numerous subjects, including rural conservation, local government reorganisation, education, housing, and transport; typescripts of several books by Senior.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1912; educated Manchester Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford University; joined editorial staff, Manchester Guardian , 1937-1960; served World War Two, 1939-1945; free-lance writer, 1960-1988, on subjects including gardening, architecture, town planning and local government; Member, Royal Commission on Local Government in England, 1966-1969, for which he wrote a Memorandum of Dissent; member, Basildon Development Corporation, 1975-1979; died 1988. Publications: A guide to the Cambridge Plan (Planning Department, Cambridge County Council, 1956); (ed) The regional city: an Anglo-American discussion of metropolitan planning (Longmans, London, 1966); City of Manchester Plan (Jarrold and Sons, Norwich and London, 1945); Central redevelopment: the Eldon Square area (Newcastle-upon-Tyne City Council, 1964); Your architect (Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1964).



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Archivist's Note

Sources: Who's Who 1897-1996 (A & C Black, 1996); British Library On-Line Public Access Catalogue 97; Historical Manuscripts Commission National Register of Archives. Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Separated Material

The John Rylands University library of Manchester holds letters from Senior to the Manchester Guardian, 1949-1955 (Ref: Guardian Archives).

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Custodial History

Given by the family in 1991.

Related Material

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of John Primatt Redcliffe Redcliffe-Maud, Baron Redcliffe-Maud relating to the Royal Commission on Local Government in England (Ref: Redcliffe-Maud).