Record Details

CollectionAnti-Common Market League (ACML)
NGOGet Britain Out
RepositoryDorset History Centre

There are some records relating to the ACML held in the Lord Hinchingbrooke (Victor Montague) papers (as part of Mapperton Estate collections held by Dorset Record Office, now Dorset History Centre) class mark D/MAP, series A and C. They consist of Anti-Common Market Papers (1962-83) and Common Market Safeguards Campaigning (1970-78). Miscellaneous correspondence on the ACML will also be found in the political correspondence files (series B), (source: N.J. Crowson, The Conservative Party and European Integration since 1945 (Routledge, 2006), which uses the material from this collection, and N.J. Crowson 'Lord Hinchingbrooke, Europe and the November 1962 South Dorset by-election' Contemporary British History 17, 4 (2003) pp. 43-64.

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Handlist of the Mapperton Estate material complied and held by Dorset History Centre (not available online)

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Additional information

There are minutes and records (1972-85, ref: DD/707) relating to the Anti-Common Market League and Federation of Anti-Common Market Groups (Safeguard Britain Campaign and British Anti-Common Market Campaign) in Hammersmith and Fulham Archives and Local History Centre. The collection consist of four archive boxes - about four cubic feet. Source: N.J. Crowson, Hammersmith and Fulham Archives website and contact with Hammersmith & Fulham Archives.

Most of the archives of the ACML are scattered in various personal collections deposited in different repositories across the country. There are two files relating to the ACML in the papers of Lady Juliet Rhys Williams (1898-1964) at LSE. A short presentation of the content of these two files is available from the LSE website. An overall presentation of the Rhys Williams collection is also available from AIM25, although this does not mention specifically the material relating to the ACML.

There are also substantial files on the Anti-Common Market League (1969-75, 1982-3), the West Country Anti-Common Market League (1972), the Conservative anti-Common Market Information Service (1971-2) and the Common Market Safeguards Campaign (1970-1) amongst the papers of Neil Marten (Oxford University: Bodleian Library, Special Collections and Western Manuscripts, MS.Eng.hist.c.1130; no online description of this collection is available).

There is also material on the ACML at Warwick University (Modern Records Centre) in two different collections: a) in the subject files/papers of Derek Coombs (MSS.132), even though the online fonds-level description for this collection does not specifically mention it; b) in the Papers of Percy Allott, ref. MSS.431/3/2/10 (see online catalogue).

There are some papers relating to the ACML in the Primary Source Microfilm (formerly Harvester) collection "Britain and Europe Since 1945" (see online presentation).

There is one file relating to the ACML among the Ivor [sic] Montagu Papers (ref. CP/IND/MONT/18/04) among the Archive of the Communist Party of Great Britain in Labour History Archive and Study Centre (see online catalogue).

There are two other minor references to the organisation in A2A.

Researchers should also note that the Midlands Against the Common Market: Coventry and Warwickshire branch records are held at Warwick University (see online catalogue).

Source of InformationNRA; A2A; Aim25; N.J. Crowson; contacts with Hammersmith & Fulham Archives
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