Avebury (Shop Hours) Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Parliamentary papers, 1886-1897; manuscript notes and correspondence, 1888-1892; material re: the Early Closing Association, 1882-1892; reports, agendas and minutes from other associations, 1886-1892; publications and press cuttings, 1887-1896; 3 volumes of testimonials to Lord Avebury, from shop assistants, 1900; typescript list, compiled by Bromley library, 1973.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born in 1834, Sir John Lubbock, 4th baronet, began working in his father's bank, but quickly showed his interest in other areas such as science and literature, publishing several books and being elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society. As a Liberal MP for Maidstone, 1870-1874, and London University, 1880-1900, he campaigned for the rights of shop workers in Parliament, ensuring the passage of the Bank Holidays Act (1871) and the Early Closing Act (1904). Created 1st Baron Avebury in 1900, he died in 1913.

Reference: Concise Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford 1992)

Conditions Governing Access

Access : Open

Archivist's Note

The bulk of Sir John's papers are held in the British Library, Add. MSS. 49638-81. An authority file exists for this individual (GB 152 AAR0699).

Custodial History

The collection was deposited by the 3rd Baron Avebury, in 1982.