Cudlipp, Hugh Lord Cudlipp of Aldingbourne

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection contains the personal papers of Hugh Cudlipp, Lord Cudlipp of Aldingbourne, former editor of the Daily Mirror and Chairman of International Publishing Corporation. They range from letters and documents concerning his early journalistic career in Cardiff, through his rise to editorial prominence in Fleet Street and work with the IPC, and demonstrate his close connections with a wide range of people in journalism, the government and parliament. Throughout his life Hugh Cudlipp was a personal friend and professional colleague of Cecil Harmsworth King and the archive contains correspondence between them during Hugh Cudlipp's service in the Army in the Second World War, where he served in North Africa and produced the 'Union Jack' a newspaper for the Services. The collection also contains material relating to the dismissal of Cecil King from the chairmanship of the IPC. The archive represents a valuable resource for studying the development and influence of the British popular press in the post war years and extends to some 3000 letters, 40 reports, 12 photographs, 550 cuttings, 50 audio-visual items and 480 other documents.

Administrative / Biographical History

The archive was collected by Lady Jodi Cudlipp, the widow of Lord Cudlipp, and transferred by Lady Cudlipp to Cardiff University, 2000.


The material has been arranged into a series of sections, aiming to reflect Hugh Cudlipp's personal and professional life. The first section contains material relating to his personal life, followed by a section concerning personal and professional relationship with Cecil Harmsworth King. The third section covers the considerable correspondence with newspaper people, members of the government and MPs, writers and other personalities. Section four covers Hugh Cudlipp's personal writings, while section five covers writings by others about him. The large number of newspaper cuttings is included in section six. The final 'Miscellaneous' section includes a variety of artifacts, audio-visual material and personal scrapbooks.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is available between 0900-1700 Monday to Friday.


Compiled by Elizabeth Pengilly and Peter Keelan.

Other Finding Aids

A printed catalogue of the Collection is available in the Cudlipp Collection, Bute Resource Centre, Cardiff University. An online listing of the Collection is available at


Further accruals are expected from Lady Cudlipp of documents covering the existing scope of the collection.