Film collection of George Brooker, 1976-1999

Object number



1976 – 1999


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This collection comprises films, collected by George Brooker, throughout his career as a councillor for the Borough of Dagenham and then the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (1976-1999).


George Brooker OBE was elected as a Labour Councillor for the former Dagenham Borough Council in 1947 and served Beacontree Heath Ward, Valence Ward and Triptons Ward. In addition to numerous Council Committees, he also represented the Council on many outside Governing Bodies including that of the North East London Polytechnic, Greater London (North Eastern) Valuation Panel, National Health Service Joint Consultative Committee, Police Liaison Panel and Community Police Consultative Group, North East Thames Industrial Consultative Group, Association of London Authorities and Metropolitan Authorities, London Borough Association and Barking & Dagenham Centre for the Unemployed. He was Chairman of the Local Government Committee of the Barking & Dagenham Labour Party, Deputy Leader of the Council from 1970 to 1986 and he was Leader of the Council in 1986 until his retirement in 1998. Amongst his achievements during that period he was instrumental in promoting the development of what is now known as Barking Riverside as well as leading the campaign to underground the Channel Tunnel high speed rail link through the Borough. Mr Brooker was Mayor of Barking from 1975 to 1976, received the Freedom of the Borough in 1984 and the Freedom of the City of London. He was awarded an OBE in January 1995 in recognition of the eminent public service rendered by him over many years and accepted the title of Honorary Alderman in 2011. George Brooker OBE passed away on 21 September 2011 following a long illness. His funeral took place at Eastbrookend Cemetery on 30 September 2011.

Conditions governing access

Open to research.

Conditions governing reproduction

At the discretion of the Borough Archivist.

Physical description



Catalogued by Clare Sexton, Assistant Archivist in accordance with ISAD(G).

Belongs to:

« Papers of George Brooker OBE, 1921-1999

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Start date1976
End date1999