The Stansted Airport Action Group

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, newsletters, press releases and ephemera.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Stansted Airport Action Group (SPAG) was an independent body of airport personnel united to ensure the future of Stansted (in Essex) as a major regional airport. The group was formed in 1975 following the controversy over Stansted's proposed role as London's third airport.

Reference: G. Wootton, Pressure Politics in Contemporary Britain (Lexington, 1978).  P.Hall, Great Planning Disasters (London, 1980).


MSS.161A was deposited in 1977 and comprises of the STAG policy statement, press releases, booklets and ephemera. MSS161B was received the following year and consists of reports of meetings, newsletters, leaflets and an aerial photograph of the terminal.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see It is compatible with ISAD(G): General International Standard Archival Description (2000).

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by the Stansted Airport Action Group in 1977 and 1978.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A catalogue of MSS.161A and MSS.161B, is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

An authority record exists for the Stansted Airport Action Group (GB 0152 AAR2024).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

No appraisal, destruction or scheduling has taken place


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

A further small group of material on the Stansted issue, 1978-80, presented by a researcher, is held at reference MSS.21/1501.

Essex Record Office, Southend Branch holds records from the Commission on the Third London Airport Essex c1967-79. Essex University Library holds a substantial collection of papers relating to the campaign against the Third London Airport. A small group, mainly relating to the North-West Essex and East Herts. Preservation Association, from a private collection, may be consulted via the Modern records Centre.