Maurice Bond OBE - Clerk of the Records 1946-1981
Maurice Bond OBE (1916-1983) was Clerk of the Records for the House of Lords Record Office from 1946-1981. He was regarded as one of the most innovative & influential Archival figures of the post-war period.
After graduating from Cambridge University he embarked on a career in teaching that lasted throughout World War Two. In 1946 he began his professional archive career as Clerk of the Records after notable research work involving the borough records of his home town of Windsor. Bond sought to create a contemporary Parliament record office, and the Victoria Tower re-opened in 1963 as the epitome of a modernised repository.
A former Clerk of the Parliaments noted his ‘administrative ability and flair had the characteristic of an entrepreneur'. Awarded an OBE in the 1955 New Year's Honours List his extra-curricular activities included chairmanship of the British Records Association and a post-retirement position as a Historical Manuscript Commissioner. He died suddenly on Christmas Eve 1983.
Letter from the Office of the Prime Minister confirming Bond's OBE, November 1954
Parliamentary Archives, BOND/B/5/33a