1948
London
United Kingdom

The 1948 Summer Games were held in London at short notice. Despite rationing continuing in the UK, the Games were hailed as a success and triumph over hardship.

These were the first Games to be shown on television, for the lucky few who then owned TV sets of their own.

The National Archives’ collections on the 1948 Games are extensive, covering planning, hosting, accommodation and financial arrangements.

13 records available

  • Olympic Games meetings: discussions of accommodation for Olympic competitors.
    CAB 21/2255
    Olympic Games meetings: discussions of accommodation for Olympic competitors. CAB 21/2255Preview
  • Olympic Games meetings: correspondence on cost and payment of accommodation.
    CAB 21/2256
    Olympic Games meetings: correspondence on cost and payment of accommodation. CAB 21/2256Preview
  • Arrangements for the Olympic Games to be held in London 1948.
    CAB 124/767
    Arrangements for the Olympic Games to be held in London 1948. CAB 124/767Preview
  • Organising Committee: liability to purchase tax on certain sports equipment. Part 1
    CUST 49/2967/1
    Organising Committee: liability to purchase tax on certain sports equipment. Part 1. CUST 49/2967/1Preview
  • Organising Committee: liability to purchase tax on certain sports equipment. Part 2
    CUST 49/2967/2
    Organising Committee: liability to purchase tax on certain sports equipment. Part 2. CUST 49/2967/2Preview
  • International relations and participation of military competitors.
    FO 370/1592
    International relations and participation of military competitors. FO 370/1592Preview
  • Arrangements including ensuring success of the Games.
    FO 370/1593
    Arrangements including ensuring success of the Games. FO 370/1593Preview
  • Singapore request for permission to broadcast the Olympic Games.
    FO 953/329
    Singapore request for permission to broadcast the Olympic Games. FO 953/329Preview
  • Waiver of visa fees for competitors in Olympic Games.
    FO 372/5940B
    Waiver of visa fees for competitors in Olympic Games. FO 372/5940BPreview
  • Organisation set up to exploit the Olympic Games in regard to Tourist trade.
    PREM 8/897
    Organisation set up to exploit the Olympic Games in regard to Tourist trade. PREM 8/897Preview
  • Accommodation for competitors and officials at the 1948 Games.
    T 226/64
    Accommodation for competitors and officials at the 1948 Games. T 226/64Preview
  • Olympic Games Committee 1948.
    T 272/108
    Olympic Games Committee 1948. T 272/108Preview
  • Accommodation for competitors and officials.
    TS 59/133
    Accommodation for competitors and officials. TS 59/133Preview

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