Papers of Laurence Scott

Scope and Content

Collection includes papers relating to the Scott Trust, personal correspondence, photographs, publications and newspaper cuttings, and other items such as material relating to the Guardian centenary dinner, the passport of JR Scott and death certificates for CP Scott and ET Scott.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lawrence Prestwich Scott, son of JR Scott, was born in Manchester, and educated at Rugby and Trinity College, Cambridge.

His first job was as sub-editor with the Financial News, followed by positions as personal assistant to the general manager of the News Chronicle, and circulation manager of the Star.

He joined the Manchester Guardian and Evening News as editor in 1943. He acted as chairman from April 1949 to November 1973, and as managing director from September 1947 to October 1967.

When Guardian Newspapers Limited (GNL) was established in 1967, he was appointed chairman.

His other work included being director of Anglia Television Group Ltd, 1958-80, as well as director of the Press Association and Reuters, 1948-55, 1956-60. Scott was a member of the Council of Manchester University, 1946-70 and Deputy Chairman from 1957-70.


Arranged by subject.

Conditions Governing Access

Open. Material concerning the Scott Trust may be subject to additional access conditions. Records may be viewed in our reading room by appointment only, see our website for more information.

Acquisition Information

Material was donated by Laurence Scott's widow, Jessica Scott.

Other Finding Aids

A full catalogue description for this collection can be found on the GNM Archive catalogue.