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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Metcalfe
METCALFE, Dr Hugh (1928-2002)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
2 boxes and one file or 0.025 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

Metcalfe, Hugh, 1928-2002, weapons engineer and historian

Administrative / Biographical history

Born 1928; educated at Harrow County Grammar School and Imperial College London; National Service with RAF Airborne Radar Service, 1946-1948; joined Bristol Aeroplane Company, 1951; helped develop the Bloodhound Surface-to-Air Missile, 1957; Chief Aerodynamicist, Bristol Aeroplane Company, 1958; worked on development of Rapier Surface-to-Air Missile, 1971; Group Director, Naval Weapons, Hawker Siddeley, 1978; Managing Director, Hawker Siddeley's Bristol site, 1980; Managing director, Hawker Siddeley's Hatfield site, 1981; Director of British Aerospace, 1982; Deputy Chief Executive, British Aerospace, 1984-1988; Gold Medal of Royal Aeronautical Society, 1984; served on Council of the Society of British Aerospace Companies; President of Royal Aeronautical Society, 1989; Chairman of Bristol Heritage Trust Aero Collection, 1992; died 2002.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Placed in centre by the family in two accessions, May 2003 and Dec 2004.

Content & structure

Scope and content

Papers of Dr Hugh Metcalfe on guided weapons, 1918-1959, including lecture by Metcalfe, 'From Rheintochter to Rapier: An Outline History of the Development of Anti-Aircraft Surface-to-Air Missile Systems', 1918-1959; delivered to the Royal Aeronautical Society, 24 Nov 1992, with later additions including expansion of the text, extracts from related reports, detailed bibliography, archive material and Metcalfe's research papers [c1990] on the early history and evolution of guided weapons including photocopies of original minutes, working party papers and other material relating to guided weapons, [1945-1961] and articles, draft papers and transcripts of lectures on the subject of the history of guided weapons.

System of arrangement

Original order

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 provided 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 Director of Archives and Information Management, King's College London.

Language/scripts of material
Physical characteristics and technical requirements


Finding aids

No additional finding aids.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by James Pugh, March 2004; revised by Sarah Drewery

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

Mar 2004; Jun 2008

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  • Military equipment
  • Missiles
  • Weapons

Personal names

  • Metcalfe, Hugh, 1928-2002, weapons engineer and historian
  • Metcalfe, Hugh, 1928-2002, weapons engineer and historian

Corporate names

  • Royal Aeronautical Society

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