UEA Collection: Gordon Tilsley

Scope and Content

The papers in this sub-collection are those retained by Gordon Tilsley after the formal establishment of UEA and both precede and complement the University records. Their present order has been determined largely by the use to which they were put when Mr Tilsley was preparing an account of the foundation of UEA at the request of Professor Jimmy Jones (the document in File UEA/TIL/11).

The files include minutes, memoranda, correspondence and MS notes.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon Tilsley was Town Clerk of Norwich during the period in which UEA was established. He served as Secretary to the various groups and committees concerned with first promoting the case for the establishment of a new university, to be situated in East Anglia, and then setting up the new institution.


  • UEA/TIL/1 Proposed University of Norwich, 1947, 1958-1959
  • UEA/TIL/2 Steering Committee, 1958-1961
  • UEA/TIL/3 Promotion Committee, 1958-1962 [in two sub-files]
  • UEA/TIL/4 Executive Committee, 1958-1964
  • UEA/TIL/5 Site, 1959 [in two sub-files]
  • UEA/TIL6 Public Local Enquiry, 1960
  • UEA/TIL7 Academic Planning Board. Town Clerk's Personal File, 1960-1962
  • UEA/TIL/8 Finance File. Correspondence conducted by the Town Clerk between April 1959 and May 1962, 1959-1962
  • UEA/TIL/9 Chancellor, Vice-Chancellor and Staff, 1960-1961 [in two sub-files]
  • UEA/TIL10 Appeal and Payments under deed of Covenant, 1962
  • UEA/TIL/11 The Foundation of the University of East Anglia. The First Steps, 1958-1961, by Gordon Tilsley, 1988 in [four sub-files]

Provisional arrangement.

Access Information

Files relating to University appointments are closed. Apart from this, the collection is open for consultation in the Archives Department during its advertised opening hours.



Conditions Governing Use

Reproductions can be supplied in hard copy or digital format subject to physical condition and the terms of deposit. A charge is made for this service. Copyright restrictions may apply and the advice of the Archives department should be sought for any use of reproductions other than personal research.

Custodial History

The contents were deposited with the University of East Anglia by Gordon Tilsley in 1988.