University of Manchester, Department of Military Studies Archive

Scope and Content

The archive comprises the surviving records of the Department of Military Studies. These comprise Board minutes from 1974-83; subsequent minutes covering 1984-1995 have not been traced. As a very small department it is unlikely that many other records were generated.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Department of Military Studies was a 'micro' department, based firstly within the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, and latterly, in the Faculty of Arts. Its creation can be said to date from the appointment of Michael Elliot-Bateman as lecturer in military studies in 1968 (promoted to senior lecturer from 1975), and who acted as director of military studies.

Military studies courses were available to students in various undergraduate subjects including geography, American studies, psychology, German, French, disciplines with the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies, and Liberal Studies in Science. The Department laid emphasis not only on traditional military strategy and history, but also the sociological and psychological aspects of warfare. Academics in other departments (psychology, French government) also contributed to teaching the subject. The Department enjoyed close contacts with the Manchester Tactical Society.

On the retirement of Michael Elliot-Bateman, the Department was disestablished in October 1995, and military studies as an independent subject came to an end.

Access Information

Access conditions may apply to some items; please consult the archivist for further details.

The collection includes material which is subject to the Data Protection Act 1998. Under Section 33 of the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), The John Rylands University Library (JRUL) holds the right to process personal data for research purposes. The Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000 enables the JRUL to process sensitive personal data for research purposes. In accordance with the DPA, the JRUL has made every attempt to ensure that all personal and sensitive personal data has been processed fairly, lawfully and accurately. Users of the archive are expected to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will be required to sign a form acknowledging that they will abide by the requirements of the Act in any further processing of the material by themselves.

Open parts of this collection, and the catalogue descriptions, may contain personal data about living individuals. Some items in this collection may be closed to public inspection in line with the requirements of the DPA. Restrictions/closures of specific items will be indicated in the catalogue.

Acquisition Information

Transferred by the Faculty of Arts to the University Archives in 2006.

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies of material in the archive can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Head of Special Collections, John Rylands University Library, 150 Deansgate, Manchester, M3 3EH.


Further accruals possible.

Related Material

See also the Faculty of Economic and Social Studies archive (FES) and Faculty of Arts archive (FAR). Departmental reports can be found in the Reports of Council to Court (UOP/2)[Note: the Department did not submit a report for every year of its existence].

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