Records of Burmah Shareholders Action Group, action group, fl.1970s

Scope and Content

  • Papers of Mr JML Stone, Hon Treasurer of the Burmah Shareholders Action Group (BSAG) 1975-1981
  • Papers of Mr J Rankin, President of the BSAG 1975-1981
  • Burmah Oil Co Ltd, annual reports, with associated letters to shareholders 1972-1981
  • Burmah Oil Co Ltd/BSAG instructions to counsel 1981
  • Transcript of trial Burmah Oil Co Ltd v Bank of England 1981
  • Transcripts of appeal in House of Lords 1981
  • Burmah Oil Co Ltd v Bank of England, statement of claim, writ, etc. Expert evidence 1976
  • Burmah Oil Co Ltd, general papers 1950-1980
  • Signal Oil Co v Burmah Oil Co, USA 1974
  • Burmah Book 1978
  • BSAG accounts 1975-1980
  • BSAG financial papers 1975-1985
  • BSAG meeting agendas & minutes 1975-1980
  • BSAG requisition forms 1978
  • BSAG general papers 1975-1981
  • BSAG drafts, proofs, etc 1975-1976
  • BSAG Burmah Oil Co Ltd file undated
  • BSAG Press notices from Department of Energy 1974-1975
  • BSAG correspondence 1975-1979
  • BSAG correspondence with Burmah Oil Co Ltd 1975-1983
  • BSAG miscellaneous correspondence (Parliamentary, etc) 1975-1976
  • Bank of England reports and general information 1974-1981
  • Financial papers, BP Ltd undated
  • Burmah Oil Co Ltd/BSAG presscuttings and press releases 1975-1982
  • Burmah Oil Co Ltd/BSAG general presscuttings 1975-1976
  • Presscuttings 1975-1980
  • BSAG correspondence with shareholders 1975-1980
  • General BSAG/Burmah Oil Co Ltd correspondence 1975-1981

Administrative / Biographical History

The Burmah Shareholders Action Group was a campaign established when issues were raised concerning BP shares that the company owned. In the late 1960s  , the Burmah Oil Company had used its 23 percent shareholding in BP as collaterol for loans. But in 1974 share prices collapsed and Burmah Oil was prevented from going bankrupt by the Bank of England. In return, the Bank of England took the BP shares. The government then wanted to sell the shares at very low prices. The government wanted BP to be nationalized, but BP did not. In 1977  the government put 66 millionof its BP shares up for sale at a very low price. The collection was pieced together by Jonathan Stone, the Honorary Treasurer of the campaign group.


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received.

Access Information


Acquisition Information

Deposit: Jonathan Stone: 1987

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Digital file level list available in searchroom.

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Archivist's Note

Fonds level description compiled by Andrew Thomson, Hub Project Archivist, 22 October 2004.

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