Papers of Dr James Hinton, academic and peace activist

Scope and Content

Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND): annual conferences, 1981-1985; Executive Committee papers, 1983-1986; Forward Planning Group, 1982-1984; National Council papers, 1982-1987; organizational papers, 1983-1987; Peace canvass, 1982-1983; Press and Public Relations Committee, 1983-1986; operations, including campaign and strategy papers 1981-1987; Projects Committee 1982-1986; ; Public Information Campaign Group papers, 1986-1987. European Nuclear Disarmament (END): Coordinating Committee 1981-1983; correspondence and papers relating to campaigns and operations in Europe 1981-1987; European conferences and meetings 1981-1983; Speakers' School and tours 1981; press statements c. 1981-1982; Leamington for European Nuclear Disarmament (LEND) 1981. West Midlands CND: Management Committee papers 1984; Executive Committee papers 1984-1985; campaign and strategy weekend 1984; correspondence, minutes and papers 1981-1984; campaigns and marches 1980-1984; newsletters 1981-1982; press releases and publicity1981.

Administrative / Biographical History

Dr James Hinton, BA (Cambridge), 1964; PhD (London), 1969; teaching at University of Warwick since 1967, Head of Department of History, 1995-98 and 2001. Fellow of Royal Historical Society. Undergraduate Modules Taught: Visions of the People: Imagining Society in mid-twentieth century Britain. Postgraduate Modules Taught: Democracy and Popular Participation in Twentieth-century Britain, Contributions to Term One Core Course in MA in Culture and Society in the Cold War.

Selected Publications include 'The First Shop Stewards' Movement', London 1973; 'Labour and Socialism. A History of the British Labour Movement 1867-1974', Brighton, 1983; 'Protests and Visions. Peace Politics in Twentieth Century Britain', London, 1989; 'Shop Floor Citizens: Engineering Democracy in 1940s Britain', Aldershot, 1994; 'Continuities of Class: Women and Social Leadership in the Second World War', (forthcoming, Oxford, 2002).

Research: During the last 15 years his research has concentrated on two themes in the social history of mid-twentieth century Britain: shop floor organisation, economic planning and the question of industrial democracy; and the voluntary work undertaken by upper and middle-class female social leaders. One thing that unites this rather unlikely combination of interests is the theme of "active citizenship" in the period of the second world war. Pursuing this, Dr Hinton's next major project is to write a history of Mass Observation, the organisation established in 1937 to make democratic citizenship a reality by promoting "an anthropology of ourselves".

Dr James Hinton has deposited papers relating to his work for the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND): as chairman of CND's projects committee, 1982-1986, chairman of West Midlands CND, 1982-3, chairman of Leamington European Nuclear Disarmament (LEND), and as an active member of European Nuclear Disarmament (END).

Reference: Warwick History Department - Academic Staff Profile ( Accessed September 2002.

Access Information

Apart from some items closed under data protection legislation, this collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Dr James Hinton. The first deposit was made on 10 May 1994 and the second on 24 June 1994. Items can be linked to their deposit date by their document reference code. Documents included in the initial deposit bear the document reference beginning with MSS.343 and those from the latter deposit, with MSS.343/B.

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Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds records of : the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Labour Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Christian Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the West Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, Mary Brennan, Marjorie Thompson and Victor Gollancz.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds a large group of national administrative records and minutes and papers of the London region CND, Youth CND, and Colleges and Universities CND. The papers of the Aberystwyth Nuclear Weapons Committee, and CND Cymru are in the National Library of Wales.