Papers of Rubery Owen (Darlaston) Ltd

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Rubery Owen (Darlaston) Ltd: Minutes of Rubery Owen & Co. Ltd, 1966 -1975, Rubery Owen (Darlaston) Ltd 1975-1980; statutory records including Register of seals: 1960 - 1981; financial records including private journals, r1966-1972; correspondence of the Company Secretary, Denis Burns Akehurst: 1974 - 1979 functional records relating to industrial relations, 1961-1980 including committee minutes and agreements.

Rubery Owen (Scotland) Ltd: Minutes of annual meetings, 1962-1970

Rubery Owen (Hydraulics) Ltd: Minutes, 1973-1981

Rubery Owen Mechanical Equipment Ltd: Minutes, 1973-1980; private ledger cash book, 1973-1980.

Administrative / Biographical History

By the end of 1975, Rubery Owen (Darlaston) Ltd was the holding company for the following companies: Rubery Owen (Scotland) Ltd; Rubery Owen (Hydraulics) Ltd; Rubery Owen Mechanical Equipment Ltd. Other companies whose records have not survived are: Gainsborough Engineering (Oldham) Ltd; Rubery Owen (Metal Assemblies) Ltd; Rubery Owen (Wheels & Assemblies) Ltd; Rubery Owen (Pressings & Fabrications) Ltd; Rubery Owen (Site Services) Ltd.

Reference: Catalogue to the collection


This collection forms part of the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive

The Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive has been arranged using the following classification scheme: 1 Minute Books; 2 Statutory Records; 3 Financial Records; 4 Correspondence; 5 Letter Books; 6 Printed Publications; 7 Other Publications; 8 Diaries; 9 Agreements; 10 Press - Cuttings; 11 Reports; 12 Notices; 13 Functional Records; 13.1 Preparation for Retirement; 13.2 Industrial Life & Christian Teamwork; 13.3 Group Archives.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is generally open to all records more than thirty years of age unless they refer directly to individuals - members of the family and employees alike. Records less than 30 years of age are closed. Applications for access to closed records may be made to the Chairman of Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd and will only be considered from bona fide students if the company has a genuine interest in the results of the research which the applicant wishes to undertake. Copies of any material to be published must be submitted for approval by the Company before publication. The private papers of Sir Alfred Owen are closed.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd in 1994.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A catalogue to file level is also 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.

A general collection level description exists for the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive as a whole (MSS.338). Collection level descriptions also exist for the papers of Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd and predecessors (MSS.338/RO) and the other subsidiary companies including: Conveyancer Group (MSS.338/ROC); Domestic Equipment Group (MSS.338/RODE); Fasteners Group (MSS.338/ROF); Distributors Group (MSS.338/ROJ); C. & L. Hill Group (MSS.338/ROL); Other Subsidiary Companies (MSS.338/ROS)

An authority record exists for Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. (GB 152 AAR2219).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Files relating to Sir Alfred's activities as a member and chairman of the Staffordshire County Council were transferred to the Staffordshire County Record Office in 1974. The Rubery Owen Photographic and Film Collection is held by the Staffordshire Film Archive at Staffordshire University.


A source booklet to the Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd Archive is available from the Modern Records Centre:

Leonard McDonald, Rubery Owen Holdings Ltd. Archive (University of Warwick, 1997).  Please contact the Centre's staff for further details