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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Gassed
Title
Gassed: British chemical warfare experiments on humans at Porton Down
Date(s)
1915-2000
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
39 boxes (0.39 cubic metres)

Context

Name of creator(s)

Evans, Robert, b. 1964, journalist and author

Administrative / Biographical history

Rob Evans (b 1964) is a Guardian journalist . His book, Gassed: British chemical warfare experiments on humans at Porton Down was published by House of Stratus, London, 2000.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Rob Evans, 2002

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers, 1915-2000, relating to background research by Rob Evans for his book, Gassed: British chemical warfare experiments on humans at Porton Down (House of Stratus, London, 2000), including: copy Public Record Office papers, 1915-1919, relating to the development and use of poison gas on the Western Front, World War One; copy Public Record Office papers relating to meetings of the Chemical Defence Advisory Board of the Advisory Council on Scientific Research and Technical Development, 1947-1968; copy Public Record Office papers relating to the testing of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), 1954-1967; Porton Down annual reports, 1991-1994; Public Record Office papers on the testing of V class nerve agents, 1961-1964; copy Public Record Office papers, 1921-1953, on the use of tear gas in the British Empire; papers on the development and use of CS tear gas, 1919-2000; papers on the use of pepper spray, 1922-1999; copy Public Record Office papers on the testing of radioactive material, 1956-1964; Public Record Office papers relating to biological warfare trials, 1953-1977; transcripts of interviews done by Observer Films for ITV documentary, Secrets of Porton Down , broadcast 1994; copies of parliamentary answers relating to chemical testing on volunteers, 1995-2000

System of arrangement

Rob Evans' original thematic arrangement has been retained

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the College Archivist

Language/scripts of material

English

Finding aids

Box list available online and in hard copy in the reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals

Originals of the majority of documents in the collection are held in the National Archives (Public Record Office), Kew, Richmond, Surrey

Related units of description

The papers of Maj Gen Charles Howard Foulkes, held in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, include material relating to the introduction and use of chemical warfare on the Western Front, World War One, and the proposed use of gas warfare in the North West Frontier Province, India, 1919-1920.

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Kate O'Brien

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

June 2003, updated 2016

Box List(s)

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Subjects

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Armed forces
  • Chemical/biological warfare
  • Clinical medicine
  • Clinical psychology
  • Disabled persons
  • Disabled war veterans
  • Disadvantaged groups
  • Diseases
  • Drug abuse
  • Drug psychotherapy
  • Drugs
  • International conflicts
  • International relations
  • Medical research
  • Medical sciences
  • Military engineering
  • Military medicine
  • Military organizations
  • Narcotic drugs
  • Organizations
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Rights of soldiers
  • Rights of special groups
  • Social problems
  • State security
  • Substance abuse
  • Surgery
  • War
  • Warfare
  • Wars (events)
  • World War One (1914-1918)
  • World War Two (1939-1945)
  • World wars (events)

Personal names

  • Evans, Robert, b. 1964, journalist and author
  • Evans, Robert, b. 1964, journalist and author

Corporate names

  • Advisory Council on Scientific Research and Technical Development
  • Chemical Defence Advisory Board
  • Chemical Defence Establishment
  • Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment
  • Chemical Defence Experimental Station

Places

  • London, England
  • Porton Down, Wiltshire, England

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