Stansted Airport Action Group

Scope and Content

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

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.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Stansted Airport Action Group (STAG) 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).

Access Information

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 the Stansted Airport Action Group in 1977 and 1978.

Other Finding Aids

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.