Iron and Steel Board

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Annual Report and Accounts, 1955-1966; Development 1953-1965; Exports, 1957-1965; Future of Iron and Steel Board, 1961-1962. Papers concerning the United Kingdom's economic relations with Europe, particularly the European Coal and Steel Community and the European Free Trade Area, as they affected the Iron and Steel Industry, but also covering the security arrangements for classified records, 1953-1968. All the records were produced by the secretariat of the Iron and Steel Board, 1954-1963.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Iron and Steel Federation survived the nugatory nationalisation of 1951 but then had to adapt itself, following denationalisation in 1953, to a new statutory control regime principally consisting of an Iron and Steel Board, which had powers to set maximum prices for steel and to control the industry's plant development.

Reference: Deposit information.


The collection forms part of the British Steel Archive (MSS.365) and is currently uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

A 30 year closure rule applies to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in a series of deposits from 1995-1999.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom

An authority record exists for the Iron and Steel Board (GB 152 AAR2122).

Conditions Governing Use

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


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

Papers of the Iron and Steel Trades Employers Association and predecessors are located in the Modern Records Centre (MSS.365). Papers of the Iron and Steel Trades Confederation are located in the Modern Records Centre at (MSS.036). Papers of the UK Steel Association and some predecessors are located in the Modern Records Centre at (MSS.383).

Corporate Names