RefNoCA514
TitleSheffield City Council, Education Contracts
AdminHistoryContracts for education before 1959 were unfortunately destroyed as being longer needed under the Limitations Act 1939, which limited actions on sealed contracts to 12 years. There is however, a register of Education Committee Contracts, 1903 - 1961 (CA425).

Details of contracts during the School Board period, 1871 - 1902, are to be found in the School Board Buildings Committee minutes (CA303-305 and CA389-391).

The term 'contract' is used loosely and may include tenders, specifications, bills of quantities, plans and drawings.

Abstracts of some contracts are to be found in CA425.

Local authority contracts are generally transferred to the Archive service when they are 15 years old. Criteria have been set for selecting the ones required for permanent preservation. Less than 10% of contracts let by Sheffield City Council are in effect retained, as the majority are for minor works. In 2005 the selection criteria was set as follows:

Keep
All new buildings.
Contracts inherited from other authorities (e.g. West Riding County Council, Derbyshire County Council and South Yorkshire County Council).
Major alteration/refurbishment.

Destroy
All bills of quantities
Repairs, waterproofing and painting
Asphalting
Demolition (unless important/significant building).

Appraise
Demolition of important/significant building
Anything that attracted media attention/public controversy.
Any contract worth more than £100,000

Sample
Unusual goods/services
DescriptionGeneral and Education Contracts - Contracts between Sheffield City Council and outside organisations for miscellaneous services provided

Acc. 1979/85 = i) Education contracts 672-763 (Jan 1959-Oct 1964).
ii) Transport contracts 1054-1574 (1941-July 1963)

Acc. 1981/100 = 1965/6

Acc. 1982/68 = 1966/7

Acc. 1999/26 = 1983

Acc. 2001/15 = 1985

Acc. 2002/76 = 1986

Acc. 2004/67 = 1988

Acc. 2005/20 = 1989

Acc. 2006/117 = 1990
Date1959 - 1989
Extent286 items
LevelCollection
RelatedMaterialSee CA360 for a register of Sheffield City Council contracts nos. 1-4734 (to March 1962).

See CA512 for (some) contracts inherited from West Riding County Council.

See CA513 for (some) contracts inherited from Derbyshire County Council.

See CA357 for general contracts awarded by Sheffield City Council.

See CA518 for 'tramways and transport' contracts awarded by Sheffield City Council.

See also (Sheffield City Council and predecessor authorities) committee minutes (various refs) where details of contracts awarded were recorded.
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