Archive centreBarrow
ReferenceBDB 16
TitleVickers Limited/VSEL, Shipbuilding and Engineering, Barrow-in-Furness
DescriptionThe voluminous records of Vickers Ltd. (very occasionally incorporating its predecessor organisations) has been subdivided into a number of departments.

Despite the considerable bulk of the material held in the record office, there are a great many gaps, where records do not appear to have survived. The collections of ships' gun mountings from the Armaments Drawing Office runs to many thousands of drawings, but there are extremely few general plans of the early ships.

Vickers was a multi-site company, originating in the Sheffield area of Yorkshire. They first operated in Barrow in 1897, having just taken over the town's earlier Naval Armaments and Construction Company (itself the successor of the Barrow Iron Shipbuilding Company, established in 1879).

Since the company operated in different parts of the country, records have been dispersed. There is further early material in the National Maritime Museum at Greenwich and in the University Library at Cambridge. Many records from the Tyneside operations in the Elswick yard are held in the Tyne and Wear Archive at Newcastle-on-Tyne.
Related materialBDX 55, 132, 122, 317, 346, 350, 352, BDP 78
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