Ealing Studios Ltd, collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises of material relating to the 1948 motion picture Scott of the Antarctic staring John Mills.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1929, the film company Associated Talking Pictures was founded by the theatrical producer Basil Dean, and two years later a studio was built for the company on a site at Ealing Green in west London. After Dean resigned from Associated Talking Pictures to return to the theatre, Michael Balcon took charge of production in 1938. Up until then Ealing Studios Ltd., a subsidiary of Associated Talking Pictures, had been the company formally owning the studio site. After 1938, Associated Talking Pictures was phased out and Ealing Studios became the production company. During the 1940s and 1950s, Ealing Studios released films, which achieved international success, including Scott of the Antarctic in 1948. In 1955, Ealing Studios were sold to the BBC for use as television film studios. In 1995, the studios were acquired by the National Film and Television School, and in 2000 were bought by a production company.


The collection is arranged chronologically

Access Information

By appointment.

Some materials deposited at the Institute are NOT owned by the Institute. In such cases the archivist will advise about any requirements imposed by the owner. These may include seeking permission to read, extended closure, or other specific conditions.


Anyone wishing to consult material should ensure they note the entire MS reference and the name of the originator.

The term holograph is used when the item is wholly in the handwriting of the author. The term autograph is used when the author has signed the item.

Descriptions compiled by N. Boneham, Assistant Archivist with assistance from R. Stancombe and reference to Robert Keith Headland Antarctic Chronology, unpublished corrected revision of Chronological list of Antarctic expeditions and related historical events, (1 December 2001) Cambridge University Press (1989) ISBN 0521309034 and Brit movie and Dictionary of National Biography, 1971-1980, Oxford University Press Oxford (1986) and Who was who, 1971-1980, A&C Black, London (1989)

Other Finding Aids

Clive Holland Manuscripts in the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, England - a catalogue, Garland Publishing New York and London (1982) ISBN 0824093941.

Additional finding aids are available at the Institute.

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Further accessions possible.

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