British Council Whitley Council Staff Side / Trade Union Side

Scope and Content

Minutes and papers; subject files; general correspondence; British Council and Civil Service circulars.

Administrative / Biographical History

The British Council (originally called the British Council for Relations with Other Countries) was established in 1934 to promote a wider knowledge of the United Kingdom abroad, to promote the knowledge of the English language, and to develop closer cultural relations between the United Kingdom and other countries. In the UK it maintained centres to provide services for visitors from overseas.

The British Council Whitley Council Staff Side (BCWCSS) was formed, following the dissolution of the British Council Staff Association (BCSA), in 1976. It was organised according to the Civil Service Whitley Council system and took over the BCSA's responsibilities and assets. The constituent unions of the BCWCSS, at foundation, were the Society of Civil and Public Servants, the Civil and Public Services Association, the Institution of Professional Civil Servants, the First Division Association and the Civil Service Union. The name of the organisation was changed to the British Council Whitley Council Trade Union Side (BCWC TUS) in 1980.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Other Finding Aids

Conditions Governing Use

The archive is open for research when it is ten years old.

Appraisal Information

The archive has been weeded by the depositor.

Custodial History

The archive has been deposited in the Centre in several stages, 1997-8.