Held AtGloucestershire Archives
Alt Ref NoD3310
TitleR A Lister & Co of Dursley, engineers
DescriptionRecords of R A Lister and Company Limited and its successors, 1877-1996, including Board of Directors' minutes 1893-1970; annual reports and accounts 1926-1979; records of associated companies 1893-1990 including Dursley Pedersen Cycle Company 1893-1917; Melotte Separator Sales 1901-1933; R A Lister (Marine Sales) 1934-1971.; records of and relating to overseas subsidiaries and branches 1922-1976; records of the R A Lister Recreation and Social Club 1926-1993, including (D3310/4/5) details of company employees; records of the pension scheme and its forerunners 1919-1989 including some details relating to employees; correspondence relating to the death of Sir R Ashton Lister, 1929-1930 and the knighthood and retirement of Sir C Percy Lister 1943 -1968; records of C Percy Lister as director of the United Kingdom Commercial Corporation 1940-1943; photographs (in course of detailed listing) include machinery manufactured by Listers 1930-1933
NotesThe whole collection was catalogued in 2015 thanks to a grant from the Business Archives Council. We are also very grateful to the efforts of volunteers both at Dursley and among the Gloucestershire Society for Industrial Archaeology who rescued and helped preserve the records in accession 13506, and who have also added much detail to the catalogue. In particular the surviving photographs have been sorted and identified thanks to their local expertise and knowledge. Please note that accession 14314 which was deposited in January 2017 is currently uncatalogued
Admin HistoryThe engineering firm popularly known as "Lister's" was founded by Robert Ashton Lister in 1867 and was run as an independent family business until 1965 when it was taken over by the Hawker Siddeley Group Ltd. In 1986 a merger with James B Petter and Sons (another Hawker Siddeley company) resulted in a name change to Lister Petter. The business began modestly, making agricultural implements, going on to achieve considerable success through sales of the Alexandra Cream Separator, and later becoming associated with a variety of products, notably sheep shearing equipment, electrical machinery, the Dursley Pedersen bicycle and diesel engines. As reflected in this collection, the company sought to expand overseas from its early days, establishing branches in several European countries as well as South America, the U.S.A. and Canada, and New Zealand. Also of interest are the papers of Sir (Charles) Percy Lister relating to his war-time activities as a director of the United Kingdom Commercial Corporation. An account of the company's history is given in 'Lister's, The First Hundred Years', by David Evans. Alan Sutton, 1979. For additional background to the Dursley Pedersen Cycle Company see 'The Ingenious Mr. Pedersen', by David Evans, Dursley, 1978. You can read more about the history of "Listers'" on the website www.dursleyglos.org.uk. The website also includes images of some key documents.
Custodial HistoryDeposited by R A Lister and Co of Dursley, engineers, 20 February 1976 and 4 September 1991; Accession 13506 was given by current owners Dorset Road One on 29 May 2014 who also agreed to convert the whole collection into a gift in September 2014; Accession 14055 was given by Falkirk Community Trust Archives, 4 March 2016; Accession 14765 was given by Mr Steph Gillet, Volunteer Collections Assistant, Somerset and Dorset Railway Trust
Related MaterialFor house magazines, publicity material and other items, see also D7405; D7698; D8754. For photographs see also D9728/2a and D9728/2b
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