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Michael Foot papers now available

Michael Foot papers now available

22 July 2011

As we approach what would have been Michael Foot’s 98th birthday (on Saturday), the People’s History Museum is pleased to announce that more of his papers are now available for researchers to study.

Following his death in March last year, the Labour History Archive & Study Centre received a large collection of additional papers which complement the original papers donated by Michael in the late 1990s.  The whole collection now exceeds 180 boxes and is the largest and one of the most important collections of personal papers in the archive.

The additional papers focus heavily on Michael’s work on the biography of Aneurin Bevan, including draft manuscripts, notebooks and correspondence.  There is also a lot of Bevan’s own correspondence and newspaper cuttings dating from 1930-1960, but mainly relating to his resignation in 1951 in opposition to the introduction of prescription charges for dental treatment and spectacles.  The collection also includes draft manuscripts and notebooks on many literary figures that Michael wrote about such as William Hazlitt, HG Wells and Tom Paine.  In addition there are press cuttings including reviews of Michael’s books and articles written by Michael himself up until 2008.

Michael was a Trustee of the museum from 1986 until his death and was involved in negotiating its move from London to Manchester.  The majority of his political papers were deposited with the archive during the 1990s and early 2000s.  These can be viewed online on the Archives to Archives website

The new collection of Michael’s papers can be used on an appointment only basis.  The archive is open Monday to Friday from 10.00am until 5.00pm.  For more information see the planning a visit page.