Records of Nottingham Chamber of Commerce, 1908-1958

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Petition of the chamber to the UK parliament with regard to coal mining, 1908 (MS 185/1).
  • Cash book, 1916-1926 (MS 185/2).
  • Papers relating to the presentation by the chamber of an aeroplane to New Zealand, 1917 (MS185/3).
  • Report of conferences between the chamber and the City of Nottingham Teachers Association, 1927(MS 185/4).
  • Papers relating to gravel pits and the Midland Gravels Association, 1933-1958 (MS 185/5-6).
  • Memorandum and articles of association for the Association for Overseas Exporters (1919) Ltd,1908-1919 (MS 185/7).

This collection constitutes chance survivals from the records of the Nottingham Chamber ofCommerce. Apart from the cash book (MS 185/2), it contains none of the administrative records thatwould usually survive in an organisation's archive. The files would provide supplementaryinformation for any study into the activities of the Chamber and the initiatives to which the filesrelate.

Administrative / Biographical History

After two early attempts to establish a chamber of commerce in Nottingham, the leading hosieryand lace manufacturers in the city of Nottingham finally succeeded in 1860. Since its year offoundation, Nottingham Chamber of Commerce played an important role in the community of Nottinghamthrough its involvement in issues such as commercial education and training, the improvement ofworking conditions, the development of industrial machinery and in giving support to local industryand commerce. The chamber's main concern was to establish Nottingham's reputation as a centre forproducing high quality goods. Nottingham Chamber of Commerce no longer survives in its originalform. The interests of business in the county are now represented by the Nottinghamshire Chamber ofCommerce and Industry.


The records have been listed in date order within series defined by subject.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on the access status and condition of the documents.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must besought in advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections (email Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this is often difficult andresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

This collection was given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and SpecialCollections in 1968.

Related Material

  • University of Nottingham; Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: 'Journal of theNottingham Chamber of Commerce', Vol. 15, no.172, October 1932. East Midlands Collection PeriodicalsNot N2

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