Wednesday 22 April 2020

National Productivity Year (UK, 1962)

The British Productivity Council was a collaboration between industry and labour which aimed to, um, improve British productivity through improved management and operations of businesses. As part of its work, it coordinated Productivity Year in 1962 and Quality and Reliability Year in 1966.

In looking up National Productivity Year, I came across the page below which provides the story of how the three stamp designs for the year were selected. If you ever wondered where special edition stamps come from – or if you just like insights into bureaucracy – it’s quite interesting:

https://www.postalmuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/Stamp-History-1962-NPY.pdf


The archived records for the British Productivity Council are hosted by Warwick University. Ironically, this is precisely the sort of internet rabbit hole which is terrible for my productivity:

https://mrc-catalogue.warwick.ac.uk/records/BPC

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