Scope and Contents
The collection held at Churchill Archives Centre consists of research papers for Bonavia's books "The Nationalisation of British Transport" and "The Channel Tunnel Story" and includes photocopies of government material held at the Public Record Office.
- Creation: 1932 - 1975
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge.
Conditions Governing Use
Researchers wishing to obtain copies of photocopied material or publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.
Biographical / Historical
Michael Bonavia had a career in transport, working for the London and North Eastern Railway, the British Transport Commission, the British Railways Board and was Director of the Channel Tunnel Project from 1967-1974.
Bonavia had connections with the University of London and wrote several books about transport including "British Railway Transport between the wars". After his retirement, he was based at the London School of Economics and researched the nationalisation of transport in 1948 and the early history of the British Transport Commission, publishing his research as "The Nationalisation of British Transport." Other works included: "The Channel Tunnel Story", "British Rail, the First 25 Years" and "The Twilight of British Rail."
12 archive box(es)
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Other Finding Aids
The collection has been box-listed and a paper copy of the box-list is available for consultation in the reading room at Churchill Archives Centre.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was deposited at Churchill Archives Centre by Dr Bonavia in 1987 and 1988.
Existence and Location of Originals
The Bonavia papers include a substantial amount of photocopied material from the Public Record Office. Original material is held at the Public Record Office, Ruskin Avenue, Kew, Richmond TW9 4DU.
This collection level description was prepared by Natalie Adams of Churchill Archives Centre in March 2003, using information from the box list describing the papers and from correspondence relating to the collection's deposit at Churchill Archives Centre.
Bonavia, Michael Robert, 1909-?2000, transport historian
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