Tower Armouries - Administrative files - Charles ffoulkes, Master of the Armouries

Object Title

Tower Armouries - Administrative files - Charles ffoulkes, Master of the Armouries

Tower Armouries - Administrative files - Charles ffoulkes, Master of the Armouries

Date

1913-38

Reference

RA ADM AR.2

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Administrative files from the time of Charles ffoulkes, Master of the Armouries, Box One:, 1 |a A copy of Sir Charles ffoulkes 'Report on the State of the Armouries of HM Tower of London, 1913-1938' |b Bears the note, 'I think it advisable in this my last Report to the First Commissioner to give a resume of the changes which have taken place during the twenty-five years of my term of Office', 2 |a File containing general enquiries receivd by ffoulkes, A |a Letter from ???? of Highfield, Alderley Edge, Cheshire, regarding the colour of armour, dated December 1913. No reply, B |a Correspondence relating to Sir Thomas Hennage, Master of the Armouries about 1590 (?), dated 1917, C |a Correspondence relating to George Clifford, Earl of Cumberland, and any possible connection with the Tower of London, dated 1920, D |a Letter relating to the Armada chests, dated 1922. No reply, E |a Correspondence with A.D. Sharp concerning the Royal Armoury at Greenwich, dated 1925, F |a Letter relating to the Duke of Wellington as Constable of the Tower, dated 1925. No reply, G |a Correspondence relating to William, Marquis de Tulliebardie, prisoner at the Tower in 1746, dated 1932-33, H |a Correspondence relating to an enquiry about a sword seen at a country house in Devon, I |a Correspondence relating to the imprisonment of Lord Lovat in the Tower, including a transcript of a letter he wrote to his cousin, John, dated 1938, 3 |a File containing official correspondence sent/received by ffoulkes, A |a Letter from C.R. Peters, Department of Ancient Monuments and Historic Buildings, relating to the Meyrick tablet, dated February 1913, B |a Letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, asking if temporary office accommodation could be found in the Bloody Tower, dated October 1913, C |a Letter to General Piper, Governor of the Tower of London (?), regarding the possible sale of models of the White Tower by the Yeoman Warders, dated 1914 |b At the bottom is a reply from the General asking for one of the models to be left at his office for the Constable's attention, D |a Letter from Sir Lionel Earle asking for a guided tour of the Armouries, dated 1914, E |a Letter from the Anti-Aircraft Section at the Admiralty informing ffoulkes that of the bombs dropped on London there are non worthy of inclusion in the Tower Armouries, dated June 1915. No reply, F |a Copy of a memo to the Secretary, Office of Works, regarding the arrangement of exhibits in the White Tower, dated January 1916, G |a Copy of a memo to the Secretary, Office of Works, regarding the office accommodation in the White Tower, dated April 1916, H |a Copy of a memo to the Secretary, Office of Works, requesting the installation of a telephone in the White Tower for the use of staff, dated September 1916, I |a Letter from ????, Office of Works, on an unspecified matter, dated January 1917, J |a Copy of a minute to the Secretary, Office of Works, asking for a subscription to a press cuttings service, dated February 1917, K |a Letter to Mr Carpenter, Clerk of the Works, regarding the wooden Memorial Plaque made to commemorate those members of the Armouries staff who fought in the First World War, dated July 1917. No reply, L |a Letter to the Clerk of the Council, Privy Council Office, asking for a copy of the proclamation changing the name of the royal family to Windsor, dated July 1917, M |a Copy of a letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, suggesting that a plaque is placed at the spot of Lord Kilmarnock's and Balmarino's execution on Tower Hill, letter dated 191? [last digit not removed], N |a Letter to Mr Carpenter, Clerk of the Works, asking for repairs to a gun carriage, dated October 1924. No reply, O |a Letter from the office of the Controller of Supplies regarding future requisitions to be made by Mr Nash, dated July 1926 |b Includes a copy of the 'Instructions to be observed in connection with the requisitioning and use of furniture, household articles, etc', P |a Correspondence with the Office of Works relating to tracings of arms and armour, dated July 1926, Q |a Letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, relating to the need for additional storage space at the Tower, dated July 1927 |b With a reply attached at the bottom, and a pencil note from ffoulkes to say that the additional space in the tunnel under the White Tower hd been handed over in May 1928, R |a Letter to the Resident Governor at the Tower from Mr Nash (?) the Armoury Supervisor complaining about the behaviour of a Guards Officer who had been shooting the pigeons at the Tower, dated September 1927. No reply, S |a Letter from the Chief Architect's Division, Office of Works, regarding the plan of the basement of the White Tower, dated September 1928, T |a Letter to M. Connolly, Office of Works, regarding the urgent need to move gun carriages in the White Tower, and the removal of weapons from the Small Arms Room, dated October 1928 |b Letter subsequently returned by Mr Connolly with a note that it had been sent under a misapprehension, U |a Letter to C.R. Peers regarding a large map of the Tower of London to be hung near the models in the White Tower, dated October 1928 |b Includes a list of additions and amendments, V |a Letter to Sir Lionel Earle proposing the decoration of the towers recently opened to the public to make them more interesting, dated July 1929, W |a Letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, regarding an ommission made in the Armouries estimates for 1930, dated August 1929, X |a Letter to A.W. Heasman, Office of Works, asking for a small information panel to be placed near the ruins of the Wardrobe Tower, dated August 1929, Y |a Letter to Sir Lionel Earle asking for the removal of the railings around the Dardannelles gun, dated 1929. No reply, Z |a Letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, regarding the rearrangement of exhibits in the White Tower, dated December 1929, AA |a Letter to S.F. Markham at the Museums Association declining his offer to join the Association, dated October 1930 |b Together with a copy of a letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, AB |a Letter from ????, Office of Works, enclosing a copy of the 'Rules to be observed in respect of services in charge of the Commissioners of His Majesty's Works and Public Buildings (England, Scotland and Wales)', dated October 1930, AC |a Letter to F.E. Carter at the Office of Works asking for a path to be laid around the Dardanelles gun, dated 1930. No reply, AD |a Correspondence with the Office of Works relating to the rearrangement of the guns in the Tower and along the wharf, dated 1930, AE |a Letters regarding the rearrangement of the guns in the Tower and along the wharf following the transfer of guns from Woolwich, dated 1930, AF |a Letter from H.B. Allum, Office of Works, asking the Armouries to return a supply of sawdust to Messrs Grubb & Co., as they were no longer the official suppliers, dated June 1931, AG |a Correspondence regarding the conservation of the Pediment of the Grand Storehouse, dated 1932, AH |a Letter to W.H. Burnet, Office of Works, regarding access to the Gun Floor on the White Tower, dated September 1932. No reply, AI |a Letter to the Secretary [no details] regarding the proposed new refreshment rooms at the Tower, dated March 1933. No reply, AJ |a Letter to Allum asking if he could repair a shield of arms bearing the coat of arms of Charles I or II, dated December 1933, AK |a Letters to the Secretary, Office of Works, regarding the relocation of the Armouries' office from the White Tower to the Martin Tower, dated March 1933. No replies, AL |a Letter to Lord Gerald Wellesley regarding the clearing of arms at Hampton Court, dated 1938. No reply, 4 |a File containing records relating to equipment, etc, A |a Letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, relating to a request for a typewriter for the curator's office, dated April 1913, B |a 'Requirements for the Armouries, Tower of London, for inclusion in the Estimates'. Signed Cff, and dated 9 August 1913, C |a Letter from ffoulkes to Major Saunder, Ordnance Officer and Receiver of Fees, regarding a tank to be used in the treatment of woodworm, dated November 1913 |b With a manuscript reply on the reverse, D |a 'Requirements for the Armouries for inclusion in the Estimates for 1914', dated August 1914, E |a Letter to the Secretary, Office of Works, regarding proposed changes to the uniform cap of Armouries staff, dated August 1929, F |a Correspondence with the Secretary, Office of Works, regarding proposed fitting of iron stanchions and chains in the Armouries, dated October 1913, G |a Letter to Mr Greystock, Office of Works, regarding the stocks of envelopes, dated December 1938, H |a A copy of 'H.M. Office of Works, Postal arrangments. Revised procedures as from 1st April 1938', 5 |a Files containing records relating to the administration of the Armouries, A |a A copy of the 'Instructions for the guidance of the Curator of the Tower Armouries' |b No date, but possibly connected to ffoulkes taking up his post as Curator in 1910, B |a A copy of the police regulations regarding access to the White Tower, dated August 1910, C |a A list of the numbers of visitors to the Tower of London for the years 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911 and 1912, D |a A draft of a guide to the White Tower, about 1916, including a list of the officers of the Tower, E |a A copy of a memo comparing the wages of staff at the Wallace Collection with those at the Tower Armouries, dated April 1920 |b With proposals for the future staff establishment at the Armouries, F |a A statement showing the annual leave entitlement of staff, May 1921, G |a A description of two machine guns awaiting destruction in the Ordnance Workshop, dated December 1921, H |a A letter to ffoulkes from the foreman suggesting how a glass case might be manouvered into the White Tower, January 1922, I |a A copy of a memo from Mr Nash, the foreman, regarding the 'clocking in' and 'out' of Armouries staff, dated September 1922, J |a A copy of a memo relating to the Workmen's Compensation Act 1923, dated December 1923, K |a A copy of the 'Notes for the guidance of Officers appointed to supervise use of fuel and light in Government Offices generally', dated August 1926, L |a A copy of the pay increases made to exhibition staff at the Tower of London, dated July 1927, M |a A copy of the 'Instructions for the guidance of the Master of the Armouries', |b No date, but possibly connected to the change in job title from Curator to Master in 1935, Box Two:, 1 |a Gifts to the Tower Armouries, 1913-29, 2 |a Woolwich, 1860, 3 |a Exchanges, 1919-20 |b Including the Imperial War Museum; Copenhagen; and Harrod, 4 |a Transfers to other museums |b Includes material relating to the transfer of Class I material to the British Museum in 1913, and to the Committee established to enquire into the distribution of armour and military remains in the United Kingdom in 1913, Box Three:, 1 |a Woolwich Rotunda and the Royal Artillery Institution, 1927-33 |b In particular the transfers between the Rotunda, the Tower and the Imperial War Museum, and the setting up of the Brick Tower collection of service weapons, 2 |a Receipts, sales, exchanges, issues etc by the Armouries, 1860-1938, Box Four:, Records relating to the transfer of small arms from the Imperial War Museum to the Armouries as part of the Brick Tower collection of service weapons |b See note in ffoulkes final report, 1938 |z TOL Library AR. 2 Box 4, A |a Transfer of small arms from the Imperial War Museum to the Armouries, B |a Catalogue slips of British service firearms, nos. 1 to 474, transferred from the Imperial War Museum to the Armouries, C |a Catalogue slips for Foreign service firearms, Austria to USA, nos. 475 to 853, transferred from the Imperial War Museum to the Armouries, C |a Catalogue sips for sporting firearms, nos. 854-894, transferred from the Imperial War Museum to the Armouries, Box Five:, Three files relating to a survey of militia colours carried out by ffoulkes about 1930, together with correspondence relating to the return of colours |z TOL Library AR.2 Box 5, Box Six:, Files relating to articles and other publications by Sir Charles ffoulkes |z TOL Library AR.2 Box 6, Box Seven:, Files relating to relations with Wooliwch Rotunda |z Transferred to Leeds at the request of Mark Murray Flutter, 1 |a Woolwich Rotunda, 1940-49 |b Includes a list of arms and armour compiled by A.N. Kennard, for possible transfer to the Tower Armouries, dated 25 January 1949, together with a valuation, and correspondence relating to the transfer which was finally acknowledged on 8 June 1949, but three mistakes, 2 |a Woolwich Rotunda, 1955 onwards |b Includes details of Loan L104, the VC guns transferred from the Royal Arsenal, and an envelope labelled 'Rotunda - ARD's file' containing a list of weapons at Shrivenham, held for the purpose of instruction, dated July 1947, 3 |a Museum/Rotunda, 1966, 1967-1970 |b Includes some later correspondence, 4 |a R.A.I./Rotunda - ARD |b File of A.R. Dufty's correspondence with or about the Royal Artillery Institution, 1964-71. Also includes an issue of the Proceedings of the Royal Artillery Historical Society, Vol. 11, No. 1, (January 1967), including a paper on General Sir John Lefroy, by Major D.D. Vigors, a bibliography of Lefroy's publications, and a list of the papers, letters and articles of Lefroy available in the Royal Artillery Institution and Army Department libraries, Box Eight:, Various files relating to acquisitions, loans, transfers etc |z TOL Library AR.2 Box 8, 1 |a Loans from the Tower |b Correspondence relating to temporary loans, 1959-62, 2 |a Carbon copy of a 'List of Arms and Armour from Norton Hall, Daventry' with later pencilled annotations by A.N. Kennard, 3 |a Collection in the possession of Mrs Oldman of 43 Poynder's Road, Clapham, with a note in W. Reid's hand, 'Acquisitions 1949' |b Mr W.O. Oldman died July 1949. Although it is not listed in the certified list of items acquired from the Oldman Collection, the Armouries als acquired a small collection of trade labels (I.31) from this collection, 4 |a Wallace Collection files relating to the Armouries, 5 |a File containing 'War records; Billeting allowance; Hall Barn; Public holidays; Workemn's Compensation Act 1940; Compassionate leave with pay' |b This files makes it clear that Armouries staff were stationed at either Hall Barn or West Wycombe from August 1939 to June 1945. There were also staff at Caernarvon Castle, 1940-42. Armour was stored in the Black Tower and, because the rooms were so small in that Tower, in the Eagles Tower [Letter from A. Browne to J.G. Mann, dated June 17, 1942], THE FOLLOWING ITEMS HAVE BECOME DETACHED FROM THIS RECORRYD AND MAY BE IN THE FILES IN BOX ONE ABOVE, A |a A letter from Lord Dillon from ???? discussing the proposed transfer of the administration of the Armouries to the British Museum (the collection) and the Office of Works (the buildings), 1902-05, B |a Minutes from the War Office to the British Museum regarding the transfer of rights over the Armouries, 1902-05, C |a A summary of the transfer of the Armouries to the British Museum, initialed by ffoulkes, and dated 1937, D |a Minutes relating to the transfer of responsibility for obsolete weapons used for decoration at War Office and ? Office of Works sites |z not found in the box, MMF had them at one stage, E |a A copy of the Minute changing the name of the officer in charge of the Armouries from Curator to Master, dated 25 May 1935, F |a Disconnected single examples of pre-1900 transfers between War Office establishments and to the 'White Tower Catalogue' |z not found in the box, has MMF got them, G |a A file relating to visitors to the Armouries, H |a A file of general enquiries received by ffoulkes, I |a Correspondence relating to Charles ffoulkes design of a badge for the new ship, HMS Tower, dated 1917 |b Together with a letter, dated 1934, asking ffoulkes whether he wanted the autographed photograph of the Tower of London he had presented to HMS Tower to be returned not that the ship was no longer on the active list. No reply, J |a Correspondence relating to Charles ffoulkes' request for the return of the unexploded bomb that fell in the Tower Moat on 13 June 1917, dated 1917, K |a Correspondence from G.H. Hall asking Charles ffoulkes if he could find temporary employment for his nephew, Allan Crowley, together with subsequent letters from Mr Crowley, dated 1921

Extent

5 archive boxes

Access Conditions

Open Access

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Creator(s) Tower Armouries