Midlands Against the Common Market: Coventry and Warwickshire branch

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection holds mainly leaflets and posters produced in the campaign against entry into the Common Market. Some of the fliers and circulars originated with Midlands Against the Common Market, other printed material originated with similar organisations for example, the National Referendum Campaign and the Common Market Safeguards Campaign. The collection also includes pamphlets issued by the Communist Party of Great Britain and copies of the Morning Star.

Administrative / Biographical History

The organisation acted as a pressure group to galavanise local opposition towards entry to the Common Market. It was set up in the early to mid-seventies and was at its most active in the months preceding the Common Market Referendum held on 5 June 1975. It appears to have ceased to function after the referendum.


The collection has not been sorted or catalogued and remains in the order in which it was received.

The Modern Records Centre uses a classification scheme. For further details of the scheme, see http://www.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/mrcclass.shtml. 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 Professor Cowling in June 1975.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom.

An authority record exists for Midlands Against the Common Market: Coventry and Warwickshire branch. (GB 152 AAR2023).

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

Researchers should also consult MSS.21/381-489 in the Modern Record Centre's Miscellaneous Series, which includes material on the Common Market debate, both for and against Europe, 1974-1975.

The records of Women Against the Common Market London 1970-72 are held at Hull University, Brynmor Jones Library. Some records of the Anti-Common Market League, 1962, are held at London University: British Library of Political and Economic Science.

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