Summer time and double summer time in the UK, 1940-6

Joseph S. Myers jsm28 at
Sat Sep 2 13:49:53 UTC 2000

On Thu, 10 Aug 2000, I wrote:

> They serve to confuse the question of whether the double summer time
> applied was BDST or DBST; both appear in the records, so Howse's DBST
> needn't be a typo.  On 18th April 1941, Sir Stephen Tallents of the BBC
> wrote to Sir Alexander Maxwell of the Home Office asking whether there was
> any official designation; the reply of the 21st was that there wasn't but
> he couldn't think of anything better than the "Double British Summer
> Time" that the BBC had been using informally.  I've put a copy of the Home
> Office letter at
> and the
> BBC letter may follow if I get permission from the BBC.

The BBC letter is now at:

Joseph S. Myers
jsm28 at

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