Document ReferenceBGL
TitleRecords relating to A.C. Gill Ltd, lace manufacturers of Nottingham, 1940-1943
Extent1 file
AbstractThe collection comprises correspondence and reports accumulated by Mr J.G. McMeeking of A.C. Gill Ltd. Correspondents are predominantly regional lace trade associations, the Lace Export Group, and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce.
Access ConditionsAccessible to all readers.
Admin HistoryA.C. Gill Ltd, the lace manufacturing firm, was founded by Albert Charles Gill sometime between 1897 and 1900. He had formerly been a partner of Gill and Bass, a lace manufacturing firm set up in about 1890. Both companies operated from premises in Stoney Street, Nottingham but by 1920, A.C. Gill Ltd had moved to Warser Gate, Nottingham and the firm remained there during the period covered by this collection through to the present day. The company acquired the lace making firm of William Hurst and Sons in 1922 and its premises in George Street (Moorgate Street), Nottingham.

The papers in this collection were accumulated by Mr J.G. McMeeking. He was probably managing director at the time and represented the company on a number of trade bodies, many of which are represented amongst these papers. Mr McMeeking presented a Government Report on education in 1959 ('The McMeeking Report') and was Chairman of the Local Employment Committee. He was made a C.B.E. He was also a prominent Elder of St Andrew's Presbyterian Church in Nottingham, and acted as the church's Treasurer (see the St Andrew's collection, AU).
Custodial HistoryThe collection forms part of what would have been the company's archive. This small body of material was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in January 1990.
DescriptionThe collection comprises:

Correspondence, November 1939-January 1943 (BGL 1-3).

Printed papers, August 1939-January 1943 (BGL 4).

Typescript notes and reports, undated (BGL 5).

Printed items, 1940-1941 (BGL 6).

Manuscript notes, undated (BGL 7).

Newspaper cuttings, undated-c.1941 (BGL 8).

The collection comprises correspondence and printed circulars concerning the reorganisation of the lace industry in Nottingham during the second world war. These items were received or generated by representatives of A.C. Gill Ltd and correspondents are predominantly regional lace trade associations, the Lace Export Group, and Nottingham Chamber of Commerce. The collection does not contain the operational business records of A.C. Gill Ltd but provides valuable information into the restructuring of the industry during the second world war. The records focus on attempts to concentrate lace production in order to improve efficiency and touch on other contemporary issues such as labour shortages, employment of women and the marketing of British lace overseas.
MgtGroupBusiness records
ArrangementThe collection is divided into 8 series by document type. Within each series, items have been arranged alphabetically by recipient, sender or creator and then chronologically. In series BGL 5, 7 and 8, however, items are undated and have been arranged in no particular order.
TermLace industry - Great Britain - 20th century
Lace industry - England - Nottingham - 20th century
Women - Employment
World War, 1939-1945 - Economic aspects
FindingAidsThis description is the only finding aid available for the collection and copyright on the description belongs to The University of Nottingham.
ReprodnNoteReprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposes only, depending on the access status and condition of the documents.

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA67A.C. Gill Limited; lace manufacturers
NA67A.C. Gill Limited; lace manufacturers
NA69Comite La Dentelle, France
NA70Lace Export Group, Nottingham
NA71The Federation of Lace and Embroidery Employers Association
NA72Nottingham Chamber of Commerce
NA73Nottinghamshire Lace and Net Dressers Association
NA74Nottinghamshire Lace and Net Finishers Association
NA75McMeeking; J.G. (fl 1940-1943); of A.C. Gill Ltdfl 1940-1943
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