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Powys County Archives Office
Rural Industries Bureau, papers

Reference code(s): GB 0223 M/RIB

Held at: Powys County Archives Office

Title: Rural Industries Bureau Papers

Short Title: Rural Industries Bureau, papers

Creation date(s): 1927-1986

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (116 items)

Name of creator(s): Rural Industries Bureau


Administrative/Biographical history: The Rural Industries Bureau (RIB) was established in 1921 by the Ministry of Agriculture and was funded through the Development Commission. Its purpose was to develop rural industries by providing technical advice and assistance to country workshops. It produced various booklets and reports and the quarterly magazine, Rural Industries. In 1968 the Bureau merged with the Rural Industries Loan Fund to create the Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas (CoSIRA). The Development Commission and CoSIRA merged in 1988 to form the Rural Development Commission.


Scope and content/abstract: Printed matter of the Rural Industries Bureau and other bodies, 1927-1986, including annual reports, 1950-1969; copies of Rural Industries, 1927-1939; RIB booklets relating to various rural crafts, 1941-1977; Development Commissioners reports, 1960-1983; CoSIRA publications and papers, 1970-1984; Development Board for Rural Wales booklets, 1982-1984; Welsh Development Agency booklets, 1985-1986.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: annual reports, magazines; RIB booklets; CoSIRA publications and papers; Development Board for Rural Wales; Welsh Development Agency; miscellaneous booklets etc.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Powys County Archives Service.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by R. A. Morris, [1991].



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Powys County Archives Service, Rural Industries Bureau, catalogue; The Dartington Hall Trust Archive, Rural Industries Bureau Devon Archive, online catalogue (, viewed 1 June 2005; BOPCRIS website (, viewed 1 June 2005; The National Archives, Records of the Rural Development Commission and predecessors, online catalogue (, viewed 1 June 2005.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2005

Economic development
Rural development projects | Wales
Rural development | Wales
Rural industries | Great Britain

Personal names

Corporate names
Council for Small Industries in Rural Areas (Great Britain)
Great Britain | Development Commission
Rural Industries Bureau

Great Britain ()
Wales ()

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