Annan, Noel Gilroy, Baron Annan

Scope and Content

Papers of Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan relating to his work as Chairman of the Committee on the Future of Broadcasting, 1974-1977.

Administrative / Biographical History

Noel Gilroy Annan was born in 1916 and attended Stowe School and King's College, Cambridge. He served during World War Two in the War Office Cabinet Offices and Military Intelligence, 1940-1944, and as GSO1 at the Political Division of the British Control Commission, 1945-1946. He became a Fellow at King's College, Cambridge, in 1947, and remained there as a Lecturer in Politics from 1948 to 1966, during which period he was Provost of the College, 1956-1966. In 1966 he was appointed Provost at University College London, a post which he held until 1978. Annan was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 1978 to 1981. His other positions included acting as a Governor of Stowe School, 1945-1966, and Queen Mary College, London, 1956-1960; Trustee of Churchill College, Cambridge, 1958-1976, the British Museum, 1963-1980, and the National Gallery, 1978-1985; and the Director of the Royal Opera House, 1967-1978. He sat on numerous committees, most notably the Public Schools Commission, 1966-1970, and the Committee on the Future of Broadcasting, 1974-1977. In addition, Annan published several books, including Our age: portrait of a generation (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1990); Leslie Stephen: his thought and character in relation to his time (MacGibbon and Kee, London, 1951); Leslie Stephen: the godless Victorian (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, London, 1984); Changing enemies: the defeat and regeneration of Germany (HarperCollins, London, 1995); and The dons: mentors, eccentrics and geniuses (HarperCollins, London, 1999).Annan was given a life peerage in 1965. He died in 2000.

Access Information

Closed until Feb 2007. Please contact the University Archivist for details.

Acquisition Information

Given to ULL in Jul 1981 on Lord Annan's retirement as Vice-Chancellor.

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Archivist's Note

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

Separated Material

Further material relating to Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan, may be found at King's College, Cambridge University; the Bodleian Library, Oxford University; Cambridge University Library; the John Rylands University Library of Manchester; the University of Bristol Special Collections; Sussex University Special Collections; and the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives.