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The BA at the end of the 20th Century - a personal account

Extract from the introduction.

'Two months after I joined the staff of the BA at the beginning of November 1980, the celebrations of the Association’s 150th anniversary began. The annual report for 1980/81 indicates that there were nine members of staff, the total income was £165,000 and the expenditure was £187,000. Twenty-one years later, these income and expenditure levels would have grown through inflation to £428,000 and £480,000 respectively. Yet the annual report for 2001, my last complete year as a BA employee, shows 43 staff, expenditure of £2,774,000 and income of £2,880,000, figures that represent growth way beyond any measure of inflation in the 21 years or so involved.

'This is my personal account of this transformation, something that provided me with a hugely enjoyable, rewarding and satisfying career...

'The BA’s 150th anniversary in 1981 was also the occasion on which the latest history of the BA was published. While not meant to be a formal addition to that history, I hope that this account will be of use to anyone who attempts to extend it in the future.'

Peter Briggs

Chief Executive (formerly Executive Secretary), the BA, 1990-2002

The full account can be downloaded here.

This account is the personal recollection of Peter Briggs and he is solely responsible for its content. The views expressed were and are not necessarily those of the BA (now known as the British Science Association) or its Council and officers.