Records of the Midland Electric Light and Power Company Limited, 1887-1948

Scope and Content

The collection comprises signed minute books. There are two directors' minute books coveringApril 1887-March 1948 (BEX 1). They contain information about the general operational activities andscope of the company. The minutes also record the customers that the company supplied electricityto.

There are also two shareholders' minute books covering February 1920-March 1948 (BEX 2). Theshareholders' minute books record details of financial and share ownership aspects of thecompany.

Administrative / Biographical History

The origins of the Midland Electric Light and Power Company Limited are not known but itssixty-seventh annual general meeting was held in 1948, suggesting a start date of about 1881. Thecompany was based in Birmingham and generated electricity which it supplied to the city, to Coventryand to Warwickshire. The firm had a close relationship with the Midland Counties Electric SupplyCompany Limited from the mid-1930s.

The company was nationalised in 1948 with the rest of the electric power industry and itsactivities were taken over by the East Midlands Electricity Board.


The volumes have been sorted chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers subject torestrictions concerning personal information.

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

Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the minute books. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of the minute books must be sought in advance inwriting from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections (email The Department willtry to assist in identifying copyright owners but this is often difficult and the responsibility forcopyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishing to publish.


Custodial History

The fate of the bulk of the company's archive is not known. The present collection comprisingonly of minutes, retained by the East Midlands Electricity Board, was given to The University ofNottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in April 2000 by PowerGen.