Papers of Sir Neil Marten

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      GB 161 MSS. Eng. hist. a. 29 (fol. 8), c. 1130-55, c. 1158-9, e. 385
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  • Physical Description
      30 shelfmarks

Scope and Content

The papers of Sir Neil Marten served a dual function: they were the private papers of a major protagonist of opposition to Britain's membership of the EEC and the working papers for a projected book. The papers consist of:  

  • Correspondence and papers relating to organizations opposed to Britain's membership of the EEC
  • Files of correspondence on various political topics, relating to the EEC, arranged by subject
  • General correspondence mainly relating to opposition to the EEC, but including letters relating to Vietnam and Rhodesia, arranged chronologically
  • Printed material
  • Newspapers

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Neil Marten (1916-1986) was Conservative MP for Banbury, 1959-83, and Chairman of the National Referendum Campaign, 1975. Sir Neil was a leading opponent of Britain's membership of the European Economic Community (EEC). After his retirement as Conservative MP for Banbury in 1983, he planned to write a book on the topic, but he died before work could begin.

Access Information

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In general post-1975 material is not yet available.

Acquisition Information

The collection was given to the Library in 1987.


Collection level description created by Emily Tarrant, Department of Special Collections and Western Manuscripts.

Other Finding Aids

A draft catalogue is available in the Library.