Heinemann papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Margot Heinemann's papers include manuscripts of her notes, drafts and published work, writings and personal correspondence together with research material, correspondence, details of projects and newspaper cuttings of reviews and interviews, amongst other material. There are early notes and writings, and some early correspondence.

The archive is arranged in six series; material relating to her teaching of literature, society, politics and culture, to her writing on 1930s and on Spain, on the 20th century, early notes and writings including personal correspondence, on Shakespeare, and on history, society, politics and culture in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Administrative / Biographical History

Margot Heinemann (1913-1992) was educated at Roedean School and at King Alfred School in London, and read English at Newnham College, Cambridge from 1931. She was a writer, drama scholar and teacher. At Cambridge she belonged to the Socialist Society and joined the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) in 1934. She was employed in the Labour Research Department of the CPGB from 1937-1949. She later taught at Camden High School for Girls, then in the English Department at Goldsmiths from 1965-1977 and was a Fellow and Lecturer in English at New Hall 1977-89.


Arranged thematically. Material is cross-indexed as original writing, research material, correspondence and newspaper cuttings.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation by appointment.

Other Finding Aids

A catalogue (paper) is available in the library.

Archivist's Note

Arranged and catalogued prior to deposit by Hilary Wilson. Collection description compiled by Jacqueline Cooke, 2009.

Obituary in The Times. London (UK): Jun 19, 1992.

Appraisal Information

Appraised and catalogued by Hilary Wilson prior to deposit.

Custodial History

Deposited at Goldsmiths by Jane Bernal, Margot Heinemann's daughter, the archive was transferred to the library from the Drama Department in 2008.

Related Material

New Hall Archives Memorial services and gatherings and obituaries NHRF 1/5, 4,5 and 13