Politics and Pressure Groups
The History Centre collections include a huge quantity of
material relating to politics and pressure groups including
the Slavery Special Collection and the
papers of politicians and political parties and trade unions.
The term 'pressure group' is used quite loosely, and is taken to
include organisations represented in the archives which have
organised campaigns on behalf of their membership. The groups
represented here are extremely varied and include 'ginger' groups
associated with (but perhaps not officially part of) the Labour and
Conservative Parties, co-operative groups such as the Co-operative
Women's Guild, friendship societies such as the China Campaign
Committee, and religious groups, such as the Anglican Evangelical
Group Movement. The records of Parity have recently been catalogued and are
available for consultation at the History Centre.
Many collections include files on, or specimens from, other
pressure groups, for example a file on the Housewives' League can
be found within the archive of Liberty. The survival (and retention) rates for
pressure group records is often very poor.
We hold papers of a number of individuals who have been active
campaigners including Chris Mullin and John Platts-Mills.
We also hold the records of numerous MPs, especially those from
the Labour Party and are working on a guide to these records.
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