Archive of the Cyclists' Touring Club

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, reports and associated papers of Council and other committees, including constitution, articles and memoranda of association, 1878-[ongoing], agreements, correspondence, financial records, administrative files and papers, legal papers, scrapbooks, printed pamphlets, journals and magazines, e.g. the CTC handbook, photographs and lantern slides, etc.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Cyclists' Touring Club was founded as the Bicycle Touring Club in 1878. It adopted the name Cyclists' Touring Club in 1883 and was incorporated in 1887. It was initially governed by an executive committee of four vice-presidents and had about fifty members. By 1880 the club had three thousand members and by 1886 some 21,000 members. Membership peaked in 1899 at 60,449. The club promoted cycling, organised rallies and produced guides and maps for members. It continues to champion cyclists and cycling.


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, 1994-2001.

Other Finding Aids

Authority records exist for the Bicycle Touring Club (GB 152 AAR0029), the Cyclists' Touring Club (GB 152 AAR0030), National Cycle Archive (GB 152 AAR0031), Cyclists' Touring Club: Leamington Spa Section (GB 152 AAR1964), Cyclists' Touring Club: London Cycle Rights Network (GB 0152 AAR1905), Cyclists' Touring Club: London Rights Network (GB 152 AAR1904), Cyclists' Touring Club: Lothians District Association (GB 152 AAR1857), Cyclists' Touring Club: Metropolitan District Association (GB 0152 AAR1899), Cyclists' Touring Club: South London District Association (GB 152 AAR1882), Cyclists' Touring Club: Surrey Bicycle Club (GB 152 AAR0028), CTC Scotland (GB 152 AAR1620), J. Cyril Kermode (GB 152 AAR1626), and Ernest R. Shipton, (GB 152 AAR1621).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are expected.

Related Material

There is related material in the papers of J. Cyril Kermode (MSS.328/N15), which fills in gaps in the main series of Council minutes, and elsewhere in the National Cycle Archive.

Other deposits by the National Cycle Archive.(MSS.328).