Ordnance Committee

Object Title

Ordnance Committee

Ordnance Committee

Date

1881-1907

Reference

OCOM A

Level

Collection

Access Conditions

Open access

Reproduction Conditions

Crown Copyright

Administrative / Biographical History

Established in 1881 the Ordnance Committee assumed the duties of the ten ad hoc committees, and was responsible for the consideration of inventions and the conduct of experiments connected with artillery (heavy, siege and field), carriages, ammunition and stores, including explosives. Independent and temporary sub-committees where set up when necessary on other subjects, such as small arms and small arms ammunition, engineer equipments, camp equipage, transport carriages and equipment, accoutrements, and barrack stores. In 1888 the Committee dealt with improvements in heavy siege and field ordnance and machine guns; including the method of construction of the guns and their carriages, projectiles, ammunition and stores; and range-finders and other instruments required for the efficient working of ordnance. In 1908 the Ordnance Committee and the Ordnance Research Board were amalgamated into the Ordnance Board.