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Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science (PO102)

The Modern Records Centre holds nationally important archive collections for the study of political, social and economic history. Examples of publications and publicity material from various pressure groups are shown below; much more material is included in the archives of national and local pressure and protest groups held at the Modern Records Centre.
 

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Trades Union Congress: 'Unemployment: The fight for TUC alternatives', 1981Trades Union Congress: 'Unemployment: The fight for TUC alternatives', 1981

Trades Union Congress: 'Unemployment: The fight for TUC alternatives', 1981

The TUC is an umbrella organisation that represents 58 member trade unions. This booklet was produced as part of the TUC's Campaign for Economic and Social Advance, and outlines alternatives to the employment policies of Mrs Thatcher's government.

[Included in the archive of the TUC; document reference: MSS.292/PUB/4/3/215]

'The Miners' Strike', National Union of Mineworkers' fact sheet, 1984 

'The Miners' Strike', National Union of Mineworkers' fact sheet, 1984

The leaflet "explains what is happening to the coal industry and why you should support the miners" during the 1984-5 strike.

[Included in the 'Miscellaneous series'; document reference: MSS.21/1925]

Confederation of British Industry: 'CBI achievements for business', 2006Confederation of British Industry: 'CBI achievements for business', 2006

Confederation of British Industry: 'CBI achievements for business', 2006

The CBI "is the voice of business" and lobbies on behalf of UK business interests both at home and abroad. This booklet summarises some of the CBI's activities, "lobbying, campaigning and arguing the case for a better business environment".

[Included in the archive of the CBI; document reference: MSS.200/C/4/2006/17]

Aims and objectives of the Monday Club, c1970

Aims and objectives of the Monday Club, c1970

The Monday Club was formed in 1961 and is a group committed to campaigning for "traditional" Conservative values "based on belief in individual initiative, free enterprise and a strong and independent Britain". It is associated with the far-right of the Conservative Party.

[Included in the papers of Stuart A. Raymond; document reference: MSS.197/1/12]

'Militant... 25 years fighting for socialism', 1990

'Militant... 25 years fighting for socialism', 1990

'Militant' was the newspaper of the Militant Tendency, a Trotskyist group working within the Labour Party. This leaflet publicises some of their campaigns in 1990, including involvement in the anti-Poll Tax movement. In 1991, after the expulsion of their two MPs from the Labour Party, Militant Tendency formed the separate political party Militant Labour (now the Socialist Party).

[Included in the archives of the Socialist Party; document reference: 601/C/5/13/8]

National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty: 'Wartime Bulletin', 1942

National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty: 'Wartime Bulletin', 1942

This edition contains praise for the abolition of the death penalty in Switzerland and concern over the publication in the popular press of photographs of a defendant accused of the murder of two children. The NCADP was formed in 1925 and merged with the Howard League for Penal Reform in 1948.

[Included in the records of the National Council for the Abolition of the Death Penalty, part of the archive of the Howard League for Penal Reform; document reference: MSS.16B/ADP/4/3/6]

Radical Alternatives to Prison newsletter, 1975

Radical Alternatives to Prison newsletter, 1975

Radical Alternatives to Prison (RAP) was set up in 1970 by a group of ex-prisoners and people connected with the prison service. It campaigns against the use of imprisonment as a punishment. This newsletter includes a section on the controversy over the use of Control Units in British prisons.

[Included in the records of Radical Alternatives to Prison; document reference: MSS.110/3/6]

'Homeless refugees in tragic need', mid 1950s

'Homeless refugees in tragic need', mid 1950s

One of several examples of leaflets produced by the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief (OXFAM) in the mid-1950s and included in the papers of Victor Gollancz, publisher and humanitarian campaigner.

[Included in the papers of Victor Gollancz; document reference: MSS.157/3/JS/10/34]

'Make Poverty History' campaign, 2005

'Make Poverty History' campaign, 2005

One of a series of documents outlining the aims and objectives of the campaign.

[Included in the records of 'Make Poverty History'; document reference: MSS.551]

Circular from the Women's Social and Political Union, 1914Circular from the Women's Social and Political Union, 1914

Circular from the Women's Social and Political Union, 1914

The WSPU was formed in 1903 by members of the Pankhurst family, with the main initial aim of recruiting more working class women into the struggle for the vote. In this circular, Emily Pankhurst exorts her supporters to renew "our splendid War of Independence" as parliament reassembles, and to join a deputation to the King.

[Included in the 'Miscellaneous series'; document reference: MSS.21/1815]

'The demand for independence', 1978'The demand for independence', 1978

'The demand for independence', 1978

Booklet issued by the Women's Liberation Campaign for Legal and Financial Independence. It argues that state policies which reinforce the institution of marriage economically disadvantage women.

[Included in a file on 'Women: Welfare and rights' from the records of the Trades Union Congress; document reference: MSS.292D/821/4]

'Will you let this chaos continue?', c.1960

'Will you let this chaos continue?', c.1960

Leaflet issued by the Homosexual Law Reform Society. It gives reasons for the decriminalisation of homosexuality and the implementation of the recommendations of the Wolfenden Committee.

[Included in the 'Miscellaneous series' of records; document reference: MSS.21/1883]

Opinion poll on immigration, 1965 

Opinion poll on immigration, 1965

The poll was included in the October 1965 edition of 'Sussex News', the newspaper of the Sussex Racial Preservation Society. The SRPS was formed in the mid-1960s by people "deeply concerned about the effects of massive coloured immigration on the future pattern of our society and race".

[Included in a file of far-right publications, part of the 'Miscellaneous series'; document reference: MSS.21/1451/86]

'Campaign against Sus', 1978 

'Campaign against Sus', 1978

First issue of 'Sus', journal of the Steering Committee of Black People's Organisations Campaign Against Sus (the use of the 1824 Vagrancy Act by the police). The front page reports on the founding public meeting.

[Included in a file of publications relating to "Race work", from the papers of Steve Jefferys; document reference: MSS.244/2/5/9]

'Who killed Blair Peach?', 1979

'Who killed Blair Peach?', 1979

News sheet produced by the Anti Nazi League and Friends of Blair Peach Committee. Blair Peach was killed at an anti-National Front demonstration in Southall.

[Included in the 'Miscellaneous series' of records; document reference MSS.21/1538/67]

Publications of the Schools Action Union, c1969Publications of the Schools Action Union, c1969

Publications of the Schools Action Union, c1969

The SAU was a left-wing organisation formed in 1969 to fight for the rights of school students "victimised by authority", and was opposed to corporal punishment, restrictions on clothing and length of hair, streaming of students and exams. The examples shown here include the 'Schools Charter' on the front page of 'Rebel' and reports from London schools in 'Vanguard'.

[Included in the archives of the Socialist Party (formerly Militant Tendency); document reference: 601/K/2 and 601/K/3]

'The Advocate', December 1987

'The Advocate', December 1987

Edition of the journal of the National League of the Blind and Disabled. The NLBD is a trade union organisation (established in 1899) which campaigns for full civil rights for all disabled people.

[Included in the records of the National League of the Blind and Disabled; document reference: MSS.349 (Box 1).

'PEACE' (People Emerging Against Corrupt Establishments), vol.1, no.2, 1970 

'PEACE' (People Emerging Against Corrupt Establishments), vol.1, no.2, 1970

"A paper by and for GI's with the intent to foster a more humane military. Published underground at RAF Mildenhall, England".

[Included in the papers of Jack Askins: Anti-Vietnam War Movement; document reference: MSS.189/V/2/5/19]

'Vietnam: A tragedy', c.1971

'Vietnam: A tragedy', c.1971

Part of a leaflet issued by the French anti-war group Association d'Amitie Franco-Vietnamienne. Other sections cover US saturation bombings, use of noxious chemicals and extension of the war into Cambodia and Laos.

[Included in the Anti-Vietnam War Movement papers of Jack Askins; document reference: MSS.189V/2/4/4]

'Sanity': magazine of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 1991

'Sanity': magazine of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND), 1991

The Modern Records Centre has editions of 'Sanity' dating from 1961-1991. This edition includes articles on the Gulf War, Middle East, and Eastern Europe after the fall of Communism.

[Included in the archive of CND; document reference: MSS.181X/4/8/13]

'Who Needs Nuclear Power?', undated [c1979]

'Who Needs Nuclear Power?', undated [c1979]

"A Comprehensive Guide to Nuclear Power produced by Students Against Nuclear Energy" (SANE). It includes sections on "the threat to civil liberties", safety and accidents, nuclear weapons and alternative sources of energy.

[Included in the 'Miscellaneous series' of records; document reference: MSS.21/1538/296]

'Campaign Against Global Deregulation... To the Summit!', 1998

'Campaign Against Global Deregulation... To the Summit!', 1998

Leaflet issued by Green Left, an umbrella organisation of radical greens and socialists. It publicises the People's Summit, arranged to coincide with the G8 Summit meeting in Birmingham.

[Included in the archives of the Socialist Party; document reference: 601/D/2/7/1]

Federal Union, MSS.350/1/2/8

'United States of Europe', undated [late 1940s / early 1950s]

Postcard used to promote the objectives of the Federal Union (founded in 1938). Members believed that ultimately only a World Government could ensure peace and the survival of civilisation. The organisation campaigned for a united Europe following the Second World War.

[Included in the papers of John P. Cavanagh; document reference: MSS.350/1/2/8]

'Independence', August 1998

'Independence', August 1998

Newsletter of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP). It promotes the organisation's "message that Britain should never join Economic and Monetary Union" with mainland Europe.

[Included in the papers of Wayne Ashcroft, National Front regional organiser; document reference: MSS.412/5/1/30]

'Undermining freedom of expression in China: The role of Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google', 2006

'Undermining freedom of expression in China: The role of Yahoo!, Microsoft and Google', 2006

Amnesty International report on censorship in China, and "the internet and freedom of expression - a new frontier for human rights?".

[Included in the records of Amnesty International; document reference: MSS.34B/4/POL 30/026/2006]

'CIA 'waterboarding': Admission of a crime, now there must be a criminal investigation', 2008

'CIA 'waterboarding': Admission of a crime, now there must be a criminal investigation', 2008

One of a series of Amnesty International statements on human rights in the United States of America.

[Included in the records of Amnesty International; document reference: MSS.34B/4/AMR 51/011/2008]