As a premier network utility, National Grid is involved in Electricity, Gas & Communications infrastructure and this site will evolve, over time, to house archive material from all areas of our business. However, at the present time, the vast majority of the collection relates to the gas industry, hence it is referred to as the National Gas Archive (NGA).

The Archive is run in partnership with the North West Gas Historical Society.The society is a non-profit making group of ex-employees who volunteer their services on a weekly basis.Our volunteers offer invaluable background knowledge of the business and provide digitisation,conservation,search and cataloguing services.Income received from searches is re-invested in the work done by the society.

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The NGA holds up to two kilometres of records covering the history and development of the UK gas industry. The records date from about 1812 to the present day and include many of the administrative, financial, legal, technical, property and personnel records of the industry.

The archives are divided geographically by region or Area Gas Board and are divided into two secions:

The archive also holds the corporate records of the various bodies responsible for the industry since 1949. These records include the Board and commitee minutes of the Gas Council , British Gas Corporation and British Gas plc , papers of the Chairmen, and more recently the privatisation papers.

Among the highlights of the collection are:

History of the Gas Industry