fonds THA - Tuke Housing Association Ltd Archive

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Tuke Housing Association Ltd Archive


  • 1970-2012 (Creation)

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0.46 cubic metres

23 boxes

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Administrative history

The Tuke Housing Association Ltd (THA) was founded in 1971 by members of Friargate Quaker Meeting House, with the support of the Joseph Rowntree Memorial Trust. Its initial aim was to develop the site of the former Quaker burial ground in Bishophill, together with an adjoining caretaker's cottage and six garages. THA completed a block of six flats on the site in 1975, named 'Tuke House' in honour of the prominent York Quaker family.

THA was a registered housing association. Between 1971 and 1994 the daily administration of the Association was carried out by the Joseph Rowntree Memorial Trust and then by the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust. In 1991 THA took over Leeds Quaker Housing Association, which it ran until 1994 when York Housing Association became the THA's managing agent and the Leeds association was transferred to the management of the Joseph Rowntree Housing Trust.

The Associated provided a number of valuable social housing projects in and around York, including the Scarcroft Project which provided independent living and support to young people leaving care, and its partnership with YACRO (the Yorkshire Association for Care and Resettlement of Offenders). The Association also owned a large number of properties in the city, including property in Scarcroft Road, Friargate, Castlegate, Walmgate, and Yearsley Crescent.

The Association transferred its engagements, stock and property to York Housing Association between 2009 and 2012, having been unable to find volunteers to take key positions in its management committee. It ceased to function in 2012 and was de-registered that same year.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

The archive was gifted to the Borthwick Institute in 2012 by Tuke Housing Association Ltd.

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Scope and content

Includes rules of the Tuke Housing Association, n.d; Management Committee papers, including agenda, minutes, annual reports, policy documents, correspondence and other related material, 1971-2012; Chairman’s papers, 1988-1992, 1994-1997; Treasurer’s papers, 1994-1997; general correspondence, 1970-1993; papers concerning York property owned by the Association, including deeds, plans and property register, 1972-2012; papers relating to the Quaker burial ground at Bishophill, 1972-1986; papers relating to the Leeds Quaker Housing Association, c.1991-1994; papers concerning Scarcroft Road Project, including annual reports, management agreements, confidential staff reports, a collection of short stories and poems by residents, and other material, 1992-2007; papers concerning partnership with YACRO, including management agreement, reports, architectural plan for common room, correspondence, press cuttings and other material, c.1983-2008; papers relating to proposed Home Improvement Agency for the City of York, 2003; papers concerning the transfer of property and functions to York Housing Association and the winding up of the THA, 2009-2012.


Further accruals are not expected.

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Conditions governing access

Records are open to the public, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including data protection laws. 24 hours' notice is required to access photographic material.

Conditions governing reproduction

A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the document. Copies are supplied in accordance with the Borthwick Institute for Archives' terms and conditions for the supply of copies, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of documents in the custody of the Borthwick Institute must be sought.

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  • English

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This material has not yet been catalogued. A summary of its contents can be seen in the scope and content above.

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Rules and/or conventions used

ISAD (G): General International Standard Archival Description, International Council on Archives (2nd edition, 2000); Rules for the construction of personal, place and corporate names, National Council on Archives (1997).

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created by S. A. Shearn, 02.09.16




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