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Papers, photographs and plans from Coventry City Architect's Department, 1939-1944

Identifier: PJM/CCC/A

Scope and Contents

Papers, photographs and plans from Coventry City Architect's Department consists of:

  1. general papers, photographs, press-clippings and plans, 1939-1945
  2. photographs, press-clippings and plans concerning housing development in Coventry, c1940-1944
  3. personal material concerning Percy Johnson-Marshall's employment, 15 March 1941


  • Creation: 1939-1944


Language of Materials

This material is in English

Physical Description

7 files and 3 plan files

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Biographical / Historical

Percy Johnson-Marshall was employed in Coventry City Architect's Department, as a member of Sir Donald Evelyn Edward Gibson's team, from 1938-1941. During this time he collected papers, photographs, press-clippings and plans relating to the work being undertaken on the civic centre. Initially these were plans for comprehensive redevelopment. Following the civic centre's destruction in a World War II bombing raid, on 14 November 1940, plans for reconstruction were developed.

Johnson-Marshall also collected material relating to the innovative public housing projects which were undertaken during his period of employment with Coventry City Council.

One document survives concerning Johnson-Marshall employment record. This is a letter from Sir Donald Evelyn Edward Gibson asking Lord Reith to release him from active service in India and Burma, as Gibson felt his skills would be better utilised in the reconstruction work being undertaken in Coventry.


From the Sub-Fonds: 0.3 metres