Document ReferenceBEE
TitleRecords of the East Midlands Electricity Board, 1948-1990
Extent4 boxes and 3 plan books
AbstractThe collection comprises draft minutes, maps and plans, photographs, artwork, and magazines of the East Midlands Electricity Board, an electricity generation and supply board.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryThe East Midlands Electricity Board began operating on 1 January 1948 following the nationalisation of the electricity industry under the Electricity Act 1947. The act defined the area to be controlled by the board as 'Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Rutland and parts of Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, the Soke of Peterborough, Staffordshire and Warwickshire.' This area was further sub-divided into the sub-areas: Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire, Derby, Nottingham, Burton on Trent, Leicestershire and Warwickshire, Leicester, Coventry, Northamptonshire, and Lincolnshire. The headquarters for the board was at Mapperley Hall near Nottingham.

By 1973, the board covered the same basic area, but was divided into southern, north-western and north-eastern groups. Each group was divided into districts. By 1994, the region had been divided into seven business units based on county areas with each unit serving approximately 300,000 customers.

The board controlled electricity supply to the East Midlands as well as administering power stations in the region on behalf of the East Midlands Generation Division of the British Electricity Authority. It was also involved in engineering development, and electrical appliance sales and servicing. In the 1990s, electricity generation and supply was privatised and on 27 July 1998, East Midlands Electricity was acquired by PowerGen, a private power generation company.
Custodial HistoryThe collection was given to The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in April and June 2000 by PowerGen.

Later accruals have been gifts from former employees or transfers from library stock.
DescriptionThe collection comprises:

Draft minute books of sub-area managers' meetings, May 1948-December 1957 (BEE 1).

Signed attendance registers of meetings, January 1948-September 1974 (BEE 2).

Printed issues of East Midlands Electricity Journal, 1964-1968 (BEE 3/1) and East Midlands Electricity News, 1969-1997 (BEE 3/2)

Maps and plans showing: the board's area of supply, mining subsidence in Nottinghamshire, DC traction feeders on Nottingham's tramways, and mains heating to premises in Nottingham, 1950-1990 (BEE 4).

Photographs comprising one image of the principal officers and sub-area managers, and nine of the offices of the Mansfield district of the board, 1961-c.1978 (BEE 5).

Graphic artwork created by employees for topical social evening programmes and Christmas dinner menus of the Ilkeston sub-area, and of the area's offices and electricity sub-stations, 1958-1984 (BEE 6).

Printed ' East Midlands Electricity Work Specification Part 1 General Conditions' produced by the Management Services Unit, outlining some conditions of work, duties and responsibilities, productivity and performance pay etc. Dated January 1969, amended April 1971 (BEE 7)

Published annual reports and accounts, 1957-1993 (BBE 8/1) and published annual reports of the East Midlands Electricity Consultative Council, 1961-1988 (BBE 8/2) [transfers from library stock]

Published statistical review 1985-1990 (BBE 9) [transfers from library stock]

Services for you 2nd Edition 1992 (BBE 10) [transfers from library stock]
MgtGroupBusiness records
MgtSubGroupPower, Electricity
ArrangementThe records have been divided into 7 series bringing like document types together. Within these series, items have been arranged chronologically.
TermElectric power production - England
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.
Related MaterialRecords of former local electricity boards (BEDN; BEB; BEL; BEN; BEZ; BEW; BEX; BET; BEM; BEO; BER; BEF)
Related RecordBEDN

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA43PowerGen; electrical power company
NA46East Midlands Electricity Board
NA46East Midlands Electricity Board
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