British Gas Operational Research

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This collection forms part of the Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive (MSS.335), which was deposited with the Centre by operational research practitioners.

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in electronic format, and in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

The numbering system used by British Gas for the reports and notes has been incorporated into the Centre's reference numbers and represents the year of the report and the item number, e.g. MSS. 335/GA/4/1/68/23 is for report number 23 written in 1968.

The archive comprises the minutes of the Operational Research Committee of the Gas Council, 1970-1994; reports and notes on projects, many by the North Thames Gas Board, 1966-1994; the Operational Research Digest, 1971-1994.

Administrative / Biographical History

Although operational research was carried out within the Gas industry before 1970 (reports surviving here from 1966), from this date there existed an Operational Research Committee of the Gas Council. This committee continued until 1991, when a meeting of operational research managers decided that the committee should be replaced by meetings of these managers, who would use the forum to co-ordinate the work of regional operational research groups.

The Gas Act of 1948 created twelve area Gas Boards. The nationalised industry was governed by the Gas Council. The Gas Council was abolished in 1973, when the British Gas Corporation was established and the area Gas Boards became Regions. The assets of the Corporation were transferred to British Gas plc on 24 August 1986, then owned solely by the Government. In November 1986 shares in British Gas plc were offered for sale on the stockmarket, and trading in these shares commenced on 8 December 1986. The twelve regions of the now privatised industry were reorganised into 91 districts in 1991, the company itself establishing five separate business units in 1994.

Arrangement

This collection forms part of the Operational Research and Operational Research Society Archive (MSS.335), which was deposited with the Centre by operational research practitioners.

The archive has been catalogued to file level. A copy of this catalogue is available in electronic format, and in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

The numbering system used by British Gas for the reports and notes has been incorporated into the Centre's reference numbers and represents the year of the report and the item number, e.g. MSS. 335/GA/4/1/68/23 is for report number 23 written in 1968.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The archive was deposited with the Modern Records Centre by British Gas in September 1996 and January 1998.

Other Finding Aids

An authority file exists for British Gas (GB 152 AAR1446).

Archivist's Note

MSS.335/GA catalogued by Eleanor Rowe and Joanne Burman to file level in November 1998. Collection-level description created by Charles Fonge, November 1999. Catalogue retroconverted in March 2000.

Separated Material

The operational research reports of British Gas North West also form part of this larger archive (MSS.335/GA/NW).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law, although publication must be referred to the depositor (British Gas).

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.

Accruals

Further deposits are not expected.