Papers of the Forward Radiator Company Ltd.

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Signed minutes. of directors' meetings and annual meetings, 1919-1960; Standard Triumph copies of minutes of board meetings, 1960-1970; Annual General Meeting papers, 1958, 1959; copies of accounts and balance sheets of Forward Radiator and its subsidiary, Smithson (Tools) Ltd., 1952-1966; Memorandum and Articles of Association, 1919, 1945, 1958.

Administrative / Biographical History

Forward Radiator Company Ltd. was, an exempt, private company, founded in February 1919, acquired by Mulliners in February 1958; manufacturers of sheet metal work and presswork, almost entirely for the motor trade. In the late 1950s its customers included Mulliners, Alvis, Coventry Climax, Carbodies, Daimler, Humber, Rover Standard and Petters. The company was acquired by the Standard Motor Company in 1960.

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

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust in 1984.

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 the Forward Radiator Company Ltd. (GB 0152 AAR2303); Mulliners Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2311) and the Standard Motor Company (GB 152 23333).

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.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre holds the papers of other companies which form part of the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust Archive. These include the papers of Mulliners Ltd., MSS.226/ST/M; Mulliners (Holdings) Ltd., MSS.226/MH; Standard Tractor Company, MSS.226/STR and the papers of the Standard Motor Company and successors, MSS.226/ST.

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