GKN Operational Research Reports

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Reports of the GKN South Wales Operational Research Unit, 1959-1967, and reports and memoranda from the British Steel Corporation, 1959-1976.

Administrative / Biographical History

Guest, Keen & Co. was established in 1900 from a merger of the Patent Nut and Bolt Co. (founded in 1864; the Keen element) and the Dowlais Iron Co. (founded in 1759; the Guest element). In 1902, Nettlefolds Ltd. (which had begun as the partnership of Nettlefold and Chamberlain in 1854) was also amalgamated to form Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds, known as GKN.

Reference: E. Jones, A History of GKN (2 vols; Basingstoke, 1987 and 1990).


The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited in the Centre by Professor J. Bryant in September 1994.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogued to file level by Eleanor Rowe in October 1996 and edited by Charles Fonge in April 2000. A copy of this catalogue is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

Authority records exist for GKN Ltd (GB 152 AAR1425) and the British Steel Corporation (GB 152 AAR1444).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

The collection was assembled by Professor J. Bryant, of the School of Computing and Management Studies, Sheffield Hallam University. He had been given the opportunity, c.1980, to select GKN Operational Research reports when the GKN East Moors Works, Cardiff was closed. Professor Bryant made his selection on a thematic basis, concentrating on simulation and economic modelling, as material for case studies for his course at Sussex University.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

This collection forms part of the Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive (MSS.335), which was deposited with the Centre by operational research practitioners.

The Centre also holds the papers of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation (MSS.36), British Iron and Steel Federation (MSS.365) and UK Steel Association (MSS.383).