The Papers of Sir Charles Villiers
Scope and Contents
Unpublished diaries relating to [Villiers'?] post-war service in the British Legation at Siam [Thailand], probably based at Bangkok; and business papers mainly concerning his work at the Industrial Reorganisation Committee and the British Steel Corporation
- 1945 - 1989
Conditions Governing Access
The collection is mostly open for consultation by researchers using Churchill Archives Centre, Churchill College, Cambridge. Churchill Archives. Some items remain closed.
Conditions Governing Use
Researchers wishing to publish excerpts from the papers must obtain prior permission from the copyright holders and should seek advice from Archives Centre staff.
Biographical / Historical
Villiers was educated at Eton and New College, Oxford. For a short period he acted as an assistant to the Rev. P. B. [Tubby] Clayton, of Toc H, London, in 1931, and subsequently worked for Glyn Mills, Bankers.
On the outbreak of World War Two he was mobilised for service with the Grenadier Guards and took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk. He later served in the Special Operations Executive in London and Italy, 1943-45, being parachuted into Yugoslavia and Austria in 1944. He reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and was awarded the Military Cross in 1945.
In his post-war business career he was a Partner of Helbert Wagg and Co, 1948-60; Managing Director of J. Henry Schroder Wagg, 1960-68; Managing Director, Industrial Reorganisation Corporation, 1968-71; Chairman, Guinness Mahon & Co. Ltd, 1971-76; Chairman, Northern Ireland Finance Corporation, 1972-73; Executive Deputy Chairman, Guinness Peat Group, 1973-76; Chairman: British Steel Corporation, 1976-80; and Chairman BSC (Industry), 1977-89.
He was knighted in 1975 and published "Start again, Britain" in 1984.
19 archive box(es) : paper
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Other Finding Aids
A copy of this finding aid is available for consultation at Churchill Archives Centre, Cambridge and the National Register of Archives, London.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The collection was presented to Churchill Archives Centre by Lady Villiers in August 1992.
This collection (fonds) level description and catalogue was compiled by Andrew Riley of Churchill Archives Centre in February 2003.
DateText: 1945-46, 1966-89.
Villiers, Sir Charles Hyde, 1912-1992, Knight, Industrialist
- Villiers, Charles Hyde, Sir, 1912 - 1992 (Knight, Banker and Industrialist) (Person)
- British Steel Corporation (Organization)
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