RepositoryLancashire Archives
LevelCollection
Reference numberDDX 3111
TitleRecords of Samuel Battersby Chief Censor for the North West during the Second World War
Extent2 Boxes
Date1939-1979
DescriptionThis collection was transferred to Lancashire Archives following the closure of the North West Sound Archive. It consists of papers and photographs collected by Samuel J.I. Battersby during his time as the Chief Censor for the North West region during the Second World War. The Manchester Office of War Censorship was established in February 1941 at 3 Cross Street. The North Western Regional Censorship Unit was the first of its kind in the provinces. Prior to that date the whole of Press Censorship was controlled from London. Mr S. J. I. Battersby, a Chartered Secretary and Fellow of the Royal Economic Society, managed the office until the end of the war. During this time the Manchester Office of War Censorship under Mr S.J.I Battersby handled more than 37,000 stories and 6,000 pictures.

After the war Battersby was appointed as the Public Relations representative of the Board of Trade for the North West Region, his first concern was a campaign to attract more workers to the cotton industry. The first series of the collection consists of photographs which were received by the Censorship office throughout the course of the war, some of these contain additional information explaining the censorship decision and some photographs are edited to inform the press what to include or censor. The second series consists of papers collected by S.J.I. Battersby and include correspondence, newspaper cuttings, photographs and drafts of speeches as well as some personal documents such as copy of Mr Battersby's identification card and a Christmas card.
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Image DescriptionA selection of images submitted to the censor's office
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