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Bangor University
First World War Rationing Papers

Reference code(s): GB 0222 BMSS FPR

Held at: Bangor University

Title: First World War Rationing Papers

Short Title: First World War Rationing Papers

Creation date(s): 1917-1918

Level of description: fonds

Extent: 4 items

Name of creator(s): Not known


Administrative/Biographical history: During the First World War food shortages were not a major problem on the home front until December 1916 when, in response to submarine warfare and growing shortages, a food controller was appointed. The resulting rise in food prices and queues caused industrial unrest in 1917 and 1918. After June 1917 government took control of home production and imports and rationing of sugar, fats and meat was introduced in 1918 and continued until 1920. The system was based on individual flat-rate rations, and each person had to register with a particular retailer who received supplies in proportion to registrations.


Scope and content/abstract: Official documents relating to rationing of food and petrol during the First World War, 1914-1918, (three folders and one bundle). Comprises order books, orders, leaflets, memoranda, envelopes, forms, ration books, cards and coupons, certificates, shopping cards and tickets, etc. Most of the documents are blanks but among the forms are applications for food cards from the University College of North Wales, the Normal College, the North Wales Training College and the Bangor County School for Girls. One ration book and two licences for motor spirit bear the name of Lady Hughes-Hunter, Plas Coch, Llanedwen.


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System of arrangement: Material is arranged in chronological order and incorporated into the General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts .

Conditions governing access: Open to all users

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright conditions apply. Reprographics are made at the discretion of the Archivist.

Finding aids: Item level word-processed list is available at the Archives Department of the University of Wales, Bangor. Reference numbers: General Collection of Bangor Manuscripts: 29167-29170


Archival history:

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Note: Description compiled by Anne Lenaghan, April 2002.
Zweiniger-Bargielowska, Ina, Austerity in Britain (Oxford University Press, 2000) was used in compilation of material on food rationing for the administrative history section.

Rules or conventions: Created following ISAD(G) and Archives Hub Data Creation Guidelines

Date(s) of descriptions: Prior to 16-11-2004

Rationing | Wales | Bangor
World War, 1914-1918

Personal names

Corporate names
Bangor Normal College
County School for Girls (Bangor, Wales)
North Wales Training College (Caernarfon, Wales)
University College of North Wales, Bangor


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