Papers of the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association (BEAMA)

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Proceedings of Annual General Meetings, 1951-59; memoranda and articles of association, 1918-62; summaries of activities, 1911-22; BEAMA Journal, 1918-24, 1937-41; World Power, 1924-37; handbooks, 1960-70; pamphlets on electric railways and trolleybuses, 1933-60; pamphlets on foreign trade and electrical manufacturing abroad, 1919-36; pamphlets on government policy, economic affairs and marketing, 1924-65; pamphlets on standardisation, 1919-66; pamphlets on overseas markets and marketing, 1939-64; pamphlets on engineering education, 1920-63; pamphlets on terms of contract, cost accounting and High Tension Transmission, 1918-56; pamphlets on monopolies and restrictive trade practices, 1946-60; pamphlets on electric welding, 1945-62; BEAMA newsletters and histories, 1924-65; miscellaneous publications, 1922-64; memoranda and evidence to official enquiries, 1916-64; leaflets on domestic appliances aimed at women; ephemera re Festival of Britain.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Electrical Manufacturers' Association (NEMA) was established in 1902 by twenty-nine electrical manufacturing and sales companies, mostly concerned with lighter electrical apparatus. In 1911, with a membership expanded to represent the whole industry, it was renamed the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association (BEAMA), with the aim of supporting the British electrotechnical industry by developing policies, making representations to Government and other authorities and providing services that would be uneconomic for member organisations to provide for themselves. It has retained the same functions ever since. Today it is a federation of fifteen autonomous associations, each with its own member companies, but it appears that in the past companies joined BEAMA directly.

Current member associations are: the Access Flooring Association (AFA), the Allied Manufacturers' Association (AMA), the BEAMA Capacitor Manufacturers' Association (BCMA), the BEAMA Electrical Cable and Conductor Accessory Manufacturers' Association (BECCAMA), the BEAMA Metering and Communications Association (BEMCA), the BEAMA Transmission and Distribution Association (BTDA), the British Electrical Systems Association (BESA), the Controls Manufacturers' Association (TACMA), the Electroheat Manufacturers Association of BEAMA (EMAB), the Electrical Installation Equipment Manufacturers' Association (EIEMA), the European Association of Copper Clad Laminate Manufacturers (ELAM), the Industrial Cleaning Machine Manufacturers' Association (ICMMA), the Power Generation Contractors' Association (PGCA), the Rotating Electrical Machines Association (REMA), the Thermostatic Mixing Valves Association (TMVA) and the Welding Manufacturers' Association (WMA).

BEAMA is today divided into seven departments: Accounts; Commercial and Statistics; Exhibitions; International; Legal; Missions; and Technical and Environmental. It is governed by a Board of Directors, comprising representatives of the various member associations.


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 archive was deposited in the Centre by BEAMA on 1 October 1987.

Other Finding Aids

This archive is uncatalogued. A copy of the boxlist is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for the British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers' Association (GB 152 AAR2103) and the National Electrical Manufacturers' Association (GB 152 AAR2102).

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.