British Steel Corporation

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Undertakings from raw materials suppliers, 1967-1968; Group Shipping Managers minutes, 1970-1971; Shipping Committee minutes, 1973-1974; Operations Advisory Committee minutes, 1970; Arbitration papers, 1976.

British Steel Corporation Trade Union Relations/Industrial Relations sections: Section stencils, 1968; Agenda, minutes, correspondence, 1959-1967, Minutes of negotiating meetings, agreements and wage alterations etc, 1934-77; Files from the office of the Director, Industrial Relations Dept, 1970-7; files from the office of the Director, Industrial Relations Dept, re closures of various plants, 1974-80.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Iron and Steel Act of 1967 brought the 14 largest steel companies, representing about 90 per cent of the UK's steelmaking capacity, into public ownership as the British Steel Corporation. The other companies within the industry, numbering about 140 and representing about 15 per cent of the total industry (the remaining steelmakers plus the processors), responded immediately to the inevitable disappearance of the British Iron and Steel Federation by forming The British Independent Steel Producers Association (BISPA). In 1988, after a period of profound rationalisation, British Steel Corporation was privatised to become British Steel plc. Many of the supplier/competitor tensions between the previous private sector and the new private sector had by now been removed. As a result, BISPA and British Steel worked ever closer together with government, Europe and in many other areas, culminating in 1993 in British Steel joining the Association which then changed its name to the British Iron and Steel Producers Association. In 1997, because of an increased emphasis on promoting the success of the UK steel industry to the public, BISPA changed its name to the UK Steel Association.

Reference: Ian Blakely OBE, A History of UK Steel Industry Associations (  Accessed May 2002


The collection forms part of the British Steel Archive (MSS.365) and is currently uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

A 30 year closure rule applies to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre in a series of deposits from 1995-1999.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom

An authority record exists for British Steel Corporation (GB 152 AAR1444).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

Papers of the British Independent Steel Producers Association (BISPA) are located in the Modern Records Centre at MSS.383. Other papers of British Steel and predecessors are at MSS.365.