Inland Waterways Association

Scope and Content

Papers of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA), 1971-[1983], including minutes of the Commercial Carrying Group/Inland Shipping Group, 1971-1982; minutes and reports of the Regional Inland Shipping Committees, 1976-[1983]; official IWA/ISG correspondence, 1973-1980; IWA and ISG address and membership lists; ISG publications, [1972]-1982, including fact sheets; press cuttings, papers and printed material not relating to ISG, 1975-1979.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Inland Waterways Association was founded as a registered charity in 1946 to campaign for the restoration, retention and development of inland waterways in the British Isles and their fullest possible commercial use. Membership is by invitation only. In 1971, the IWA Council established a sub-committee entitled the Commercial Carrying Group, which later changed its name to the Inland Shipping Group (ISG). Its purpose is to advise the IWA on matters pertaining to freight carrying on inland waterways, as well as maintaining liaison with other interest groups, organising conferences and seminars, and generally publicising this mode of transport. Each of the IWA's seven regions has an Inland Shipping Committee.


Arranged in sections as given in the Scope and Content.

Access Information

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Acquisition Information

Given by Mark Baldwin, Vice-Chairman of the Inland Waterways Association, in several accessions during 1981, 1982, and 1983.

Other Finding Aids

Temporary list of part of the collection available on application to the Archivist.

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Sarah Aitchison as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Conditions Governing Use

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Related Material

The British Library of Political and Economic Science also holds the papers of Charles Hadfield, a canal historian and Honorary Consultant to the IWA (Ref: Hadfield). The Public Record Office holds correspondence and papers of the Secretary General, minutes and various branch records, 1947-1970 (Ref: PRO30/82/249-323); West Yorkshire Archives Service has correspondence, 1974-1977 (Ref: YCE 6/1/8).