British Steel Corporation, Department of Operational Research

Scope and Content

This collection contains: operational reports and memoranda, 1957-1977; British Steel Operational Research Advisory Committee minutes, 1976-1993; (Operational Research in British Steel) newsletter, 1970s-1992.


This catalogue reproduces the lists supplied with the deposits, in which reports and memoranda were listed in order of original reference, which is broadly chronological. The references were made up of a running number followed by a letter code followed by a further number or numbers. The following letter codes relate to particular works or firms:

AF: Appleby-Frodingham Steel Company, Scunthorpe

BAR: Barrow-in-Furness

FOX: S Fox and Company Limited, Stocksbridge

MCC: McCall and Company Limited

SPT: Steel, Peech and Tozer, The Ickles, Rotherham

TRM: Templeborough Rolling Mills

WK: Workington Iron and Steel Company

Access Information

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

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in June 2001. An additional deposit was made in May 2003.

Other Finding Aids

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 not expected.

Related Material

The Centre holds the following other collections relating to the history, development and practice of operational research and to pioneers and practitioners in this field (collectively known as the Operational Research Archive): British European Airways: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/1); British Overseas Airways Corporation: Operational Research Branch (MSS.335/AI/2); the Papers of Professor Stephen Cook (MSS.335/CK); the Community Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/COR); the East Midlands Operational Research Group (MSS.335/EMORG); Papers of the Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); papers for British Gas Operational Research (MSS.335/GA); British Gas North West Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GA/NW); GKN Operational Research Reports (MSS.335/GKN); Fellowship for Operational Research (MSS.335/FOR); International Federation of Operational Research Societies (MSS.335/IFORS);Interviews with Operational Research Pioneers and Related Papers (MSS.335/INT); the Institute for Operational Research (MSS.335/IOR); the Local Government Operational Research Unit (MSS.335/LG); Miscellaneous and Fragmentary Operational Research Papers (MSS.335/MIS); Operational Analysis Branch, NATO (MSS.335/OAB); Draft Obituaries of Operational Research Practitioners (MSS.335/OBIT); the Papers of Jack Plymen (MSS.335/PLY); the Papers of Professor K. Brian Haley relating to Operational Research Quarterly (MSS.335/SO/H); the Papers of Rolphe C. Tomlinson (MSS.335/TOM); and the Papers of Dr Edward D. van Rest (MSS.335/VR).