The Runnymede Trust Collection

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      GB 1443 RUNNYMEDE
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  • Physical Description
      212 boxes and 165 Journal Boxes

Scope and Content

The collection contains Research Files, Press Cuttings, Journals (Periodicals) and the Runnymede Library.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Runnymede Trust is a non-government organisation that was established in 1968. It has worked for four decades to challenge racial discrimination and promote a successful multi-ethnic Britain. The Trust provides the facts of racial discrimination and the techniques for overcoming it, stimulating debate and suggesting strategies in public policy.

The Runnymede Trust was formerly established on 1 August 1968, by Deed of Trust, as an educational charity. It had developed partly as a response to the growth of racist politics, especially those of Enoch Powell, which looked at the time to be turning into a mass movement, and also as an attempt to create an equivalent to the American Anti-Defamation League in Britain.

The founding members of the organisation were Jim Rose, Anthony Lester, Philip Mason, Sir Joseph Simpson, Mark Bonham-Carter, Dipak Nandy, Nicholas Deakin and Jock Campbell. The funding for its establishment came from the New World Foundation in New York, the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the Joseph Rowntree Social Service Trust and the Hilden Trust. Dipak Nandy became the Trust's first Director.

Since its inception, the Trust has worked to challenge racial discrimination and promote a successful multi-ethnic Britain by providing the facts of racial discrimination and the techniques for overcoming it, stimulating debate and suggesting strategies in public policy. Its principal function in the early years was to provide briefs, background papers and research data for MPs, civil servants, local government and others concerned with policy. It provided a means of responding swiftly and authoritatively on key issues as media attention to the subject of race relations increased.

The Trust's Bulletin was initiated in 1969 and has been published regularly ever since. In later years, Runnymede published reports designed to interpret government policy to a wider audience at the same time as briefing government on public opinion.

Through the 1990s, Runnymede's role shifted from that of providing position or interpretative papers to working more closely with government in an advisory capacity.

Over the years, Runnymede has produced key reports such as Colour and Citizenship (1969) an authoritative rebuttal to Enoch Powell's anti-immigration populist stance; A Very Light Sleeper: The Persistence and Dangers of Anti-Semitism (1994), This is where I live - stories and pressures in Brixton (1996), and School Exclusions and the Race Factor (1999).

The Commission on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain was established as an independent Runnymede inquiry in 1997 culminating in the publication of The Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain: the Parekh Report in October 2000.

Runnymede has produced regular bulletins called Race and Immigration: The Runnymede Trust Bulletin, which became The Runnymede Bulletin in 1992. The Runnymede Trust was one of the organisations responsible for the establishment of the UK Race and Europe Network (UKREN) in 1996.

[Taken from Middlesex University Pages]


The Runnymede Collection is divided into four sub-fonds:

  • Runnymede Trust Library Collection
  • Runnymede Trust Press Cutting Collection
  • Runnymede Trust Periodicals
  • Runnymede Trust Research Files Collection

Further information about these four sub-fonds can be found on Archives Hub. More detailed descriptions at lower levels can be found on the Black Cultural Archives' Calm View

Access Information

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