CARLTON, Ann (fl 1965-2004)

Scope and Content

Papers of Ann Carlton, primarily relating to her work as Local Government Officer for the Labour Party between 1967 and 1974. There are also some papers from the late 1950s and early-mid 1960s when Michael Ward and later Joan Bourne were Local Government Officer. The collection primarily consists of papers from various groups and committees Carlton and her predecessors were involved with, particularly the Labour Party Home Policy sub-committees relating to local government, which the Local Government Officer was Secretary of. These were the Local Government Sub-Committee (papers from 1959-1960 and 1963-1964), the Regional and Local Government Advisory Committee (papers from 1965-1970), and the Regional and Local Government Sub-Committee (papers from 1970-1971). Carlton was also Secretary for the Association of Municipal Corporations Labour Group (papers from 1963-1973). Other papers relate to a Study Group on the Maud Report on the Management of Local Government (papers from 1964 and 1967), the Association of Education Committees and its future (papers from 1973-1974), and the reorganisation of local authority associations (papers from 1973). There are also copies of papers circulated to Labour groups from 1968-1972, and correspondence and press cuttings relating to Ann Carlton's work.

The papers have a particular focus on proposals to reorganise local government in the 1960s and 1970s, and the impact of this on local authority associations. The topics of housing and town planning, local government conferences and local elections also feature heavily.

Administrative / Biographical History

Ann Carlton (fl 1965-2018) attended school in Liverpool and later studied at the London School of Economics. She undertook various roles for the Labour Party including work in the research department (1965-1966), Local Government Officer (1967-1974) and Special Adviser in the Department of the Environment (from 1974). In her capacity as Local Government Officer she was Secretary to the Home Policy Committee's Regional and Local Government Advisory Committee (later the Regional and Local Government Sub-Committee) and the Association of Municipal Corporations Labour Group.


The papers were originally grouped together based on the different committees or areas of work that they relate to. The correspondence and press cuttings relate to various areas of work but were separate from the other papers. This original order has been maintained through the creation of a series for each committee/area of work and a final series for correspondence and press cuttings.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

Separated Material

Further papers of Ann Carlton are held at the London School of Economics Archives (Ref CARLTON).

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for copies for research or publication should be made to the College Archivist: Lorraine Screene, Main Library QMUL, Mile End Rd, London E1 4NS, telephone 020 7882 3873, email us.

Custodial History

Acquired in the early 1990s.

Related Material

Further papers relating to the Labour Party are held at the People's History Museum Archive & Study Centre (Ref LP).