Marjorie Thompson Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Papers relating to Marjorie Thompson's work as an official of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND) and as its Chair, 1987-93, and her work as Chair of the Committee to stop War in the Gulf, 1990-1. Including photographic and card album of her peace activities; 1985-1991; selected papers from CND Council and Conference, 1987-1992; selected papers from CND Executive, 1987-1992; press statements and information from CND, 1987-1992; defence and international briefings, 1987-1991; Press and Parliamentary Committee, 1988-1992; Parliamentary issues, 1984-1996; Publications Committee, 1988-1992; National CND's Management Committee, 1987-1991; CND's Management Committee, 1992; other CND committees, 1987-1992; correspondence, 1987-1993; Scottish CND, 1982-1992; Trade Union CND, 1988-1992; modernisation and INF, 1987-1992; NATO, 1987-1993; Trident and Faslane, 1982-1992; the Gulf War, 1990-1992; the Middle East, 1985-1993; European Nuclear Disarmament, 1987-1992, 1991-1993; United States, 1986-1992; International, 1985-1995; United Nations, 1986-1992; Bosnian War, 1992; correspondence, 1986-1993; speeches and interviews, 1984-1990; personal papers relating to peace, 1985-1992.

Administrative / Biographical History

Marjorie Thompson, peace activist, was born on 8th June 1957, at St Louis, Missouri, United States of America (USA). She was educated in Long Beach, California, attended The Colorado College, Colorado, 1974-1978 where she took a BSc Hons in History, and the London School of Economics, England where she took an MSc Econ in West European Politics.

Peace Movement: During 1983, Marjorie volunteered with the Medical Campaign Against Nuclear Weapons (MCANW); 1983-1986 Parliamentary Officer with the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (CND); 1986-1987 Head of Press and Publications, CND; 1987-1990, elected as Vice-Chair, CND, member of the board of CND Publications, CND Council and CND Executive; 1990-1993 elected as Chair of the CND; 1990-1991, elected as chair of the Committee to Stop War in the Gulf (CSWG).

Employment: From 1980-1981 Marjorie was a personal assistant at Language Services and Entry Departments; 1982-1983, Legislative aide, Office of Congressman Solomon (29th District New York); 1982-1983, Boston University Overseas Education Project, postgraduate business program for US military personnel at US Nuclear Submarine Base at Holy Loch, Scotland; 1983, Harlech Television (HTV) Assistant to political reporters for duration of general election; 1987-1988, research assistant, Ann Clwyd, MP; 1988-1991, Parliamentary Officer, Royal College of Nursing (RCN); 1991-1993, Adviser, Department of Nursing Policy and Practice, RCN; 1993-1997, Head of Communications, Commission for Racial Equality (CRE); 1997-2001, Director, Cause-Related Marketing, Octagon.

The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was established in 1958 as the successor to the National Committee for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons Tests, founded a year earlier, to press for unilateral nuclear disarmament.

Reference: Deposit information.


The collection is uncatalogued.

Conditions Governing Access

Some of the papers are closed for research. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Marjorie Thompson in 2001. A further three boxes were added in 2002.

Other Finding Aids

A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A paper box list may also be consulted in the Centre's searchroom.

Authority records exist for Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament (GB 0152 AAR1596) and for Marjorie Thompson (GB 152 AAR2237).

Conditions Governing Use

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

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

See also the Mary Brennan Peace Movement Papers (MSS.410), Dr James Hinton's Papers (MSS.343), Victor Gollancz's papers (MSS.157) and the West Midlands Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament Papers (MSS.417) held at the Centre.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science holds a large group of national administrative records and minutes and papers of the London region CND, Youth CND, and Colleges and Universities CND. The papers of the Aberystwyth Nuclear Weapons Committee, and CND Cymru are in the National Library of Wales.

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