Papers of Len James

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, reports and papers of the following committees of the Cyclists' Touring Club: Policy Development discussion papers and consultants' reports, 1983-1985; Policy Group reports, etc., 1976-1979; Finance Committee/Panel, July 1965-September 1988; District Associations Committee/Panel, June 1978-November 1983; Rights and Privileges Committee, June 1965- November 1966; Development Committee reports, 1965-1973; District Associations and General Purposes Committee, 1965-1976; reports to Council of Secretary's attendance at meetings of other bodies, April 1970-June 1978; Transport Policy and Road Safety Committee and Town and Countryside Committee, January 1979-October 1988; Touring and Membership Services Committee (becoming Leisure and Countryside Committee), March 1984-October 1988; Public Relations (later Publicity) Committee, 1981-1984; Events Committee, 1981-1983; District Associations and Events Committee, February 1984-October 1988; Touring Development Committee, April 1979-July 1983. Membership figures, December 1965-September 1988.

Minutes, reports and papers of bodies with which the Cyclists' Touring Club was associated: Bicycle Association/British Cycling Bureau, October 1988; British Rail Cycling Liaison Group, September 1988; British Standards Institution Cycles Committee, October 1988; Byways & Bridleways Trust Executive Committee, February 1979-March 1984; Central Rights of Way Committee, October 1988; RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents): National Road Safety Committee, September 1980-October 1988; Council for National Parks, June 1978-July 1988; PACTS (Parliamentary Advisory Committee for Transport Safety), 1984-1988; National Bike Club, miscellaneous papers, 1983-1984; Cycling Council of Great Britain: Come Alive Campaign papers, c.1974-1984; Joint talks between the Cyclists' Touring Club, the British Cycling Federation and Road Time Trials Council, which together form the Cycling Council of Great Britain, 1983-1988; Alliance Internationale de Tourisme, 1979-1988.

Forty three named subject files; Len James's correspondence, reports and papers, as found, loose, partially in rough chronological sequence, 1980-1995.

Administrative / Biographical History

Len James was made a Councillor of the Cyclists' Touring Club in 1984; in October 1989 he was Chairman, and at some stage was also Vice-President. He stood down in 1994.


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 collection was deposited in the Centre by the National Cycle Archive, 11 April 1994, 11 April 1995, and 1996.

Other Finding Aids

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

Authority records exist for Cyclists' Touring Club (GB 152 AAR0029); Bicycle Association (GB 152 AAR1850); Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (GB 152 AAR1981); British Cycling Federation (GB 152 AAR0033); Road Time Trials Council (GB 152 AAR1835); British Standards Institution Cycles Committee (GB 152 AAR2000); Byways & Bridleways Trust (GB 152 AAR2004); Alliance Internationale de Tourisme (GB 152 AAR1999); National Bike Club (GB 152 AAR2001); Cycling Council of Great Britain (GB 152 AAR1998); Council for National Parks (GB 152 AAR2002); Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety (GB 152 AAR2003); British Cycling Bureau (GB 152 AAR2006); British Rail Cycling Liaison Group(GB 152 AAR2007); Central Rights of Way Committee (GB 152 AAR2005).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

Cyclists' Touring Club Council and Committee minutes, October 1965-November 1988 were duplicates and so not kept. Half a carton of printed periodicals has been added to the periodicals' section of the National Cycle Archive.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

See other deposits by the National Cycle Archive, including the records of the Cyclists' Touring Club (MSS.328).

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