Scope and Content

Contains: Notes for a presentation relating to Ransomes Nacton Works and factory layout c1950; file of correspondence relating to the setting up of a plant in South Africa to manufacture Ransomes products 1958-1963; corrspondence concerning F T Dyer's overseas visits 1962-1974; F T Dyer's correspondence to Museum of English Rural Life 1989-1998; leaflet, circular letter and order from Ransomes lawnmowers 1994; articles concerning Ransomes 1964-1998; photographs of staff and Ransomes products 1935-1998; slides of Ransomes blacksmith forge, Helmingham Suffolk 1980; newspaper cuttings relating to Ransomes 1989-1995; notes for a talk given by F T Dyer 1993; correspondence concerning Ransomes Experimental Military hauling engine 1960's and portable steam engine No 933 found in New Zealand 1989; photocopy of article concerning C Arthur Head, employee of Ransomes [c1990]; family tree of Ransomes 1905-1979; diaries of F T Dyer 1958-1979 [closed for 30 years]; papers concering Ransomes and Sir George Biddell Airy, astronomer Royal 1998; obituary of Hawkins Madge employee of Ransomes 1998; photocopy of correspondence and reports of a purchasing trip to Europe by Michuel Iglesias, engineer [in Spanish] 1866

Administrative / Biographical History

Fred Dyer joined Ransomes Sims and Jefferies Ltd in September 1933 as an apprentice (the last one to be trained on steam engines). In 1943 he was appointed Plough Works Manager and during the Second World War he was the Deputy Chief of Ransomes Orwell Works Fire Brigade. He was appointed General Works Manager for Ransomes Nacton Works in 1967, Chief Quality Controller and Engineering Manager in 1970 and Manager Special Products Design and Experimental Department in 1978. He retired in 1979.


AD Administrative and Commercial RecordsAD Administrative and Commercial RecordsAD4/1 NotesAD4/1 NotesAD8/1-7 CorrespondenceAD8/1-7 CorrespondenceP Publications, Promotions and Advertising RecordsP Publications, Promotions and Advertising RecordsP2/B1 Leaflet, Circular and Order FormP2/B1 Leaflet, Circular and Order FormP4/B1-6 House Journals and NewslettersP4/B1-6 House Journals and NewslettersPH Internal Photographic RecordsPH Internal Photographic RecordsPH3/1-57 PhotographsPH3/1-57 PhotographsPH5/1 SlidesPH5/1 SlidesSP Social and Personal RecordsSP Social and Personal RecordsSP1/1 Newspaper CuttingsSP1/1 Newspaper CuttingsSP2/1 NotesSP2/1 NotesSP3/1-2 Records of ProductsSP3/1-2 Records of ProductsSP4/1-5 Personal RecordsSP4/1-5 Personal RecordsSP5/1 Correspondence and Reports

Access Information

Open for consultation

Acquisition Information

Deposited in 1985 Accession T85/13, DX120, DX496


Compiled by Caroline Gould, 18 December 2002

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A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

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Related Material

Please also see Ransomes, Sims and Jefferies archive (reference TR RAN) held at the Rural Hsitory Centre