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The Papers of Sir Archibald Finlayson Forbes

Reference Code: GBR/0014/FORB

Scope and Contents

Papers, mainly relating to the Iron and Steel Board, banking and other interests


  • 1946 - 1984


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives Centre is open from Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. A prior appointment and two forms of identification are required.

Conditions Governing Use

Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holder and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.

Biographical / Historical

Forbes was trained as a Chartered Accountant. He was appointed Deputy Secretary, Ministry of Aircraft Production, 1940-3; Member of the Aircraft Council, 1942-5; Chairman, First Iron and Steel Board, 1946-9; Chairman, Iron and Steel Board, 1953-9; President, British Bankers' Association, 1970-2; President, Midland Bank Ltd, 1975-83 (previously having served as Director, 1959, Deputy Chairman, 1962-64, and Chairman, 1964-75). He was knighted in 1943 and appointed GBE in 1957.


33 archive box(es)



Other Finding Aids

A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge, the National Register of Archives, London and on the Janus website, />.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Forbes' family in November 1989 and February 1990.


This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003.


Forbes, Sir Archibald Finlayson, 1903-1989, Knight
2003-02-14 11:33:46+00:00
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Repository Details

Part of the Churchill Archives Centre Repository

Churchill Archives Centre
Churchill College
Cambridge Cambridgeshire CB3 0DS United Kingdom
+44 (0)1223 336087

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.