Conservative Party Archive: Area Offices

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Table of Contents

Introduction
London Area, 1921-86
    Greater London Area Council, 1983-6
    Greater London Area Executive Committee, 1964-83
    General Purposes Committee, 1966
    Women's Advisory Committee, 1966-86
    Labour/Trade Unionists' Advisory Committee, 1966
    London Conservative Union Committee of the Management of the London Constituencies Subscription Centre, 1952-74
    Young Conservatives Advisory Committee, 1966
    Conservative Clubs Advisory Committee, 1966
    Miscellaneous Ad Hoc Committees, 1964-7
    Metropolitan Association of Conservative and Unionist Agents, 1925-63
    Finance and General Purposes Committee Annual Report, 1964
    Pamphlets, 1975-8
    Manifestos, 1967-77
    Metropolitan Area, 1921-7
[Northern Area - Vacant]
North Western Area, 1907-86
    Lancashire and Cheshire Division, 1925-67
    Cheshire Division, 1907-25
    Lancashire Division, 1907-24
    Women's Organisations, 1926-81
    Labour/Trade Unionists' Committees, 1918-73
    Political Education, 1946-81
    Education, 1952-74
    Youth Organisations, 1910-71
    Clubs Advisory Committee, 1927-71
    Miscellaneous, 1907-86
[Yorkshire Area - Vacant]
Midland Union, 1886-1968
    Central Council, 1886-1959
    Executive Committee, 1886-1935
    Finance Committee, c.1900-15
    Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1935-56
    Divisional Records, 1887-1930
    Women's Advisory Committee, 1887-c.1947
    Labour Advisory Committee, 1930-40
    Political Education, 1886-8
    Ad Hoc Miscellaneous Committees, 1936
    Area Office, 1886-1953
    News clippings, c.1908-1968
East Midlands, 1927-76
    Central Council/Executive Committee/Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1931-73
    Junior Imperial League/ Youth/ Young Conservatives, 1951-76
    Women Organisers, 1927-46
West Midlands, 1935-82
    Central Council, 1935-80
    Executive Committee, 1935-59
    Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1956-60
    Divisions, 1933-75
    Women's Advisory Committee, 1925-82
    Teacher's Association Advisory Committee/ Education Committee, 1946-74
    Junior Imperial League/Youth/Young Conservatives, 1930-65
    Missioners, 1947-64
    Miscellaneous Committee, 1934-5
    Area Office, 1936-40
Eastern Area, 1898-1987
    Area Council, Executive and Finance Committee, 1898-1953
    Women's Parliamentary Committee/Advisory Committee, 1920-82
    Agricultural Advisory Committee, 1950-78
    Advisory Committee on the Conservative Trade Unionists, 1950-87
    Political Education Advisory Committee, 1953-77
    Teacher's Association/Advisory Committee, 1946-82
    Young Conservatives Advisory Committee, 1946-77
    Clubs' Advisory Committee, 1947-80
    Local Government Advisory Committee, 1970-2
    Miscellaneous, 1931-72
Home Counties North Area, 1932-64
    Area Council, Executive, Finance and General Purposes Committees, 1932-60
    Young Conservatives Advisory Committee, 1946-64
    Industrialists' Consultative Committee, 1947-8
    Area Office, 1937-8
South East Area, 1920-79
    Central Council, Executive Committee Minutes, 1939-77
    Women's Parliamentary/Advisory Committee, 1920-76
    Trade Unionists' Advisory Committee, 1947-69
    Political Education, 1946-78
    Education, 1947-72
    Young Conservatives Executive Committee, 1946-70
    Local Government Advisory Committee, 1964-8
    Miscellaneous Committees, 1936-79
    Area Council, 1963-7
    Miscellaneous, 1964-8
Wessex Area, 1926-75
    Council, Executive and Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1926-74
    Trade Unionists' Advisory Committee, 1949-75
    Conservative Clubs Advisory Committee, 1938-64
    Conservative Agents Association, 1932-56
Western Area, 1906-82
    Council, Executive and Finance Committee Minutes, 1937-82
    Somerset Division (County Federation), 1906-57
    Cornwall Provincial Division, 1908-51
    Devon Provincial Division, 1952-6
    Women's Parliamentary Committee/Advisory Committee, 1920-62
    Political Education, 1954-65
    Parliamentary Committees, 1938-9
Wales and Monmouthshire, 1931-9
    Women Organisers, 1931-9


Area Offices, 1886-1987

Abstract:
Papers of the Conservative Party Area Offices, 1886-1987, including minutes, reports, accounts and correspondence.

Shelfmarks: ARE 1-12, MU

Extent: 330 shelfmarks

Organisational History

The Conservative Party's provincial organisation has been based on 26 'areas', mostly corresponding to two or three counties, since the 1997 General Election. Prior to this date, the Party's structure was based on eleven larger Areas, such as North Western or Southern, and it is this structure which is reflected in the files held in the Conservative Party Archive.

Each area had an Area Office, serviced by an Area Agent, one or two deputies and occasionally other officials, all appointed by Central Office. Indeed the Area Offices were technically part of the party's central organisation, and they existed not only to serve the National Union's Area Councils and committees but also to extend the professional and central organisation of the party into the areas.

The National Union organisation within each area was headed by the Area Council, comprising MPs, candidates, area officials, representatives from each constituency and constituency agents. The Area Council generally met once a year, and most area business was conducted by the Area Executive and Finance and General Purposes Committees. In addition there were a number of Area Advisory Committees which complemented those at national level and co-ordinated similar advisory committees within the individual constituencies. In some areas, in addition to the area structure, there also existed a number of County Divisions or Federations, again with their own committees.

The records of these National Union Area bodies comprise the larger proportion of the Area Office papers which have been received into the Conservative Party Archives. Only a very limited amount of the material produced by the Area Offices in their role as branches of Central Office appears to have survived. In one or two cases the Area Office archives also contain the minutes of the area committees of the National Society of Conservative and Unionist Agents.

Please note that papers from individual constituency associations are not held in CPA but have been retained by association offices or transferred to local libraries and record offices.

Arrangement

Each Area Office archive has been allocated a primary reference code as follows: 1. London; 2. Northern [Vacant]; 3. North Western; 4. Yorkshire [Vacant]; MU. Midland Union; 5. East Midlands; 6. West Midlands; 7. Eastern; 8. Home Counties North (now part of London); 9. South East (Home Counties South East); 10. Wessex; 11. Western; 12. Wales and Monmouthshire.

Restrictions on Access

General access conditions apply to this material.

Preferred Form of Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Library, Conservative Party Archive [followed by shelfmark, e.g. ARE 1/1/1].



London Area, 1921-86

Related Material: For the records of the Home Counties North Area prior to its amalgamation with the London area, c.1960-64, see ARE 8.

    Greater London Area Council, 1983-6

ARE 1/1/1 Minutes Nov. 1983-Nov. 1986

    Greater London Area Executive Committee, 1964-83

ARE 1/2/1 Minutes 1964-83

    General Purposes Committee, 1966

ARE 1/4/1 Minutes July 1966
ARE 1/4/2 Conservative Minority: Minutes June 1966
ARE 1/4/3 Conservative Minority: Minutes July 1966

    Women's Advisory Committee, 1966-86

ARE 1/11/1 Minutes June 1966
ARE 1/11/2 General Purposes Committee: Minutes June 1966
ARE 1/11/3 General Purposes Committee: Minutes Sept. 1966
ARE 1/11/4 Maternity Services Group: Minutes Aug. 1966
ARE 1/11/5 Contact Group: Minutes n.d.
ARE 1/11/6 GLA Women's Advisory Committee: General Purposes Committee Minutes Jan. 1976-Feb. 1984
ARE 1/11/7 GL Women's General Purposes Committee Minutes Feb. 1984-Nov. 1986

    Labour/Trade Unionists' Advisory Committee, 1966

ARE 1/13/1 General Purposes Committee: Minutes July 1966

    London Conservative Union Committee of the Management of the London Constituencies Subscription Centre, 1952-74

ARE 1/14/1 Finance Sub-Committee, 11 Dec. 1952-30 Jan. 1953; Committee of the Management of the London Constituencies Subscription Centre, 24 Mar. 1953-8 Nov. 1974 1952-74

    Young Conservatives Advisory Committee, 1966

ARE 1/16/1 Minutes June 1966
ARE 1/16/2 Minutes July 1966
ARE 1/16/3 Lambeth Group: Minutes July 1966
ARE 1/16/4 Lambeth Group: Minutes Aug. 1966

    Conservative Clubs Advisory Committee, 1966

ARE 1/17/1 Minutes July 1966

    Miscellaneous Ad Hoc Committees, 1964-7

ARE 1/24/1 Middlesex County Conservative Association Annual Meeting: Minutes Mar. 1964
ARE 1/24/2 Area Campaign Committee: Minutes July 1966
ARE 1/24/3 Borough Elections 1968- Campaign Committee: Minutes Oct. 1967

    Metropolitan Association of Conservative and Unionist Agents, 1925-63

ARE 1/25/1 Minutes 1925-31
ARE 1/25/2 Minutes (Council) 1932-7
ARE 1/25/3 Minutes 1946-63

    Finance and General Purposes Committee Annual Report, 1964

ARE 1/26/1 Reports (first) 1964
ARE 1/26/2 Reports (second) 1964
ARE 1/26/3 Reports (third) 1964
ARE 1/26/4 Reports (fourth) 1964
ARE 1/26/5 Reports (fifth) 1964
ARE 1/26/6 Reports (sixth) 1964
ARE 1/26/7 Reports (eighth) 1964
ARE 1/26/8 Reports (ninth) 1964
ARE 1/26/9 Reports (eleventh) 1964
ARE 1/26/10 Reports (thirteenth) 1964
ARE 1/26/11 Reports (fourteenth) 1964

    Pamphlets, 1975-8

ARE 1/27/1 London Link 1975
ARE 1/27/2 London Link 1976
ARE 1/27/3 London Link 1977-8

    Manifestos, 1967-77

ARE 1/28/1 Local Elections Manifestos 1967
ARE 1/28/2 Local Elections Manifestos 1970
ARE 1/28/3 Local Elections Manifestos 1973
ARE 1/28/4 Local Elections Manifestos 1977
ARE 1/28/5 Report 1970

    Metropolitan Area, 1921-7

ARE 1/29/1 London Department: general correspondence and papers 1921-7
ARE 1/29/2 Reports by Sir Herbert M. Jessel on the London Department to the Party Chairman 1921-6
ARE 1/29/3 Finance: London Department Reports 1921-5




[Northern Area - Vacant]





North Western Area, 1907-86

    Lancashire and Cheshire Division, 1925-67

ARE 3/1/1 Minutes 1925-32
ARE 3/1/2 Minutes 1933-50
ARE 3/1/3 Executive Committee Minutes 1925-37
ARE 3/1/4 Finance Committee Minutes 1925-39
ARE 3/1/5 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes 1940-49
ARE 3/1/6 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes 1958-67

    Cheshire Division, 1907-25

ARE 3/6/1 Minutes 1907-12
ARE 3/6/2 Minutes 1912-17
ARE 3/6/3 Minutes 1918-25

    Lancashire Division, 1907-24

ARE 3/7/1 Finance Committee 1907-24

    Women's Organisations, 1926-81

ARE 3/11/1 Women's Advisory Committee: Minutes 1933-8
ARE 3/11/2 Women's Advisory Committee: Minutes 1938-49
ARE 3/11/3 Women's Advisory Committee: General Purposes Committee Minutes 1934-41
ARE 3/11/4 Women's Advisory Committee: General Purposes Committee Minutes 1941-50
ARE 3/11/5 Women's Advisory Committee: General Purposes Committee Minutes 1955-61
ARE 3/11/6 Women's Advisory Committee: Finance Committee Minutes 1934-9
ARE 3/11/7 Women's Advisory Committee: Finance Committee Minutes 1939-53
ARE 3/11/8 Women's Advisory Committee: Women Speakers' Record Book June 1939
ARE 3/11/9 Association of Conservative and Unionist Women Organisers: Lancashire and Cheshire Area Minutes 1926-36

    Labour/Trade Unionists' Committees, 1918-73

3/13/1 Lancashire Division Labour Committee Minutes 1918-25
3/13/2 Trade Unionists' Advisory Committee Minutes 1956-73

    Political Education, 1946-81

ARE 3/14/1 Political Education Committee Minutes 1946-9
ARE 3/14/2 Political Education Committee Minutes 1950-5
ARE 3/14/3 Joint Political and Propaganda Committee (Lancashire) Minutes 1951-69
ARE 3/14/4 Area Group 'C' Political Education Committee Minutes 1963-5
ARE 3/14/5 Conservative Political Centre Advisory Committee Minutes 1976-81

    Education, 1952-74

ARE 3/15/1 Conservative Teachers' Advisory Committee Minutes 1952-62
ARE 3/15/2 Conservative Teacher's Advisory Committee/Area Advisory Committee on Education Minutes 1962-7
ARE 3/15/3 Area Advisory Committee on Education Minutes 1968-74

    Youth Organisations, 1910-71

ARE 3/16/1 Manchester Junior Unionist Central Council Minutes 1912-14
ARE 3/16/2 Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of Junior Unionist Associations: Executive Committee Minutes (1911), General Purposes Committee Minutes (1912-40) 1911-40
ARE 3/16/3 Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of Junior Unionist Associations Minutes 1910-35
ARE 3/16/4 Federation of Junior Unionists and Junior Imperial League Organisations of Lancashire, Cheshire and Westmoreland: AGM Minutes 1936-9
ARE 3/16/5 Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of Junior Unionist Associations: Executive Committee Minutes 1926-39
ARE 3/16/6 Lancashire and Cheshire Federation of Junior Unionist Organisations: Finance Committee Minutes 1928-39
ARE 3/16/7 Sub-Committee Minutes 1927-31
ARE 3/16/8 Sub-Committee Minutes 1932-9
ARE 3/16/9 Young Conservatives Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes 1965-71

    Clubs Advisory Committee, 1927-71

ARE 3/17/1 Minutes 1927-38
ARE 3/17/2 Minutes 1939-47
ARE 3/17/3 Area Clubs Executive Committee Minutes 1959-69
ARE 3/17/4 Conservative Clubs Finance Committee Minutes 1968-71

    Miscellaneous, 1907-86

ARE 3/24/1 Cash book 1907-22
ARE 3/24/2 Account book 1914-25
ARE 3/24/3 Account book 1918-24
ARE 3/24/4 Account book (Lancashire Division) 1921-9
ARE 3/24/5 Account book 1925-8
ARE 3/24/6 Account book 1929-34
ARE 3/24/7 Petty Cash book 1932-9
ARE 3/24/8 Cash book 1932-40
ARE 3/24/9 Account book 1935-6
ARE 3/24/10 Election Addresses, poll cards etc. 1926-36
ARE 3/24/11 Conservative Group on the Greater Manchester County Council 1984-6




[Yorkshire Area - Vacant]





Midland Union, 1886-1968

Note: At one time the Midland Union covered most of the counties in the West and East Midlands. Separate provincial Areas were established in 1930, after which the name Midland Union continued to be used for the West Midlands Area only. However, by the 1950s the Midland Union only comprised 58 constituencies in the West Midlands. As a result this provincial Area decided to adopt the name used for it by Conservative Central Office since the 1931 - the West Midlands Area. (Derived from note included with the 28 April 1950 meeting Minutes of the Midland Union Finance and General Purposes Committee.) Birmingham University Library also contains 130 items of miscellaneous correspondence for the Midland Union 1888-1944. Please refer to their Library Catalogue 1985.

    Central Council, 1886-1959

ARE MU 1/1 Notice of Central Council Meetings including Agendas Nov. 1886-Mar. 1889
ARE MU 1/2 Notice of Central Council Meetings including Agendas Oct. 1906-Oct. 1909
ARE MU 1/3 Annual Meetings of the Central Area Council Jan. 1887-Nov. 1894
ARE MU 1/4 Annual Meetings of the Central Area Council Apr. 1895-Apr. 1914
ARE MU 1/5 Annual Meetings of the Central Area Council Apr. 1914-Apr. 1924
ARE MU 1/6 Annual Meetings of the Central Area Council Apr. 1924-Dec. 1931
ARE MU 1/7 Annual Meetings of the Central Area Council (became known as West Midlands at 1950 meeting) Nov. 1932-Oct. 1959
ARE MU 1/8 Minute Book of the Central Body (Mar. 1931-Jan. 1932), the Council (Mar.-Sept. 1931), the Executive Committee (Mar. 1931-Jan. 1932), the Speakers Education Sub-Committee (July 1931-Jan. 1932), and the Finance Committee (Aug. 1931-Jan. 1931) 1931-2
ARE MU 1/9 Annual reports

Related Material: See also: ARE 6/1/2 for Annual reports 1946-80 (not complete)

1887-1906

    Executive Committee, 1886-1935

ARE MU 2/1 Minutes Nov. 1886-Apr. 1893
ARE MU 2/2 Minutes May 1893-Dec. 1904
ARE MU 2/3 Minutes June 1896
ARE MU 2/4 Minutes Jan. 1904-Feb. 1914
ARE MU 2/5 Minutes Apr. 1914-Jan. 1923
ARE MU 2/6 Minutes Jan. 1923-Mar. 1928
ARE MU 2/7 Minutes Mar. 1928-May 1935
ARE MU 2/8 Minutes Nov. 1929

    Finance Committee, c.1900-15

ARE MU 3/1 Finance Committee Minute Book c. Jan. 1900-May 1903
ARE MU 3/2 Finance Committee Minute Book Sept. 1903-Apr. 1915

    Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1935-56

ARE MU 4/1 Minute book of the Finance Committee (June 1935-Oct. 1945), General Purposes Committee (June 1935-Apr. 1948), Executive Committee (June 1935-Mar. 1953), Education Committee (July 1935-Dec. 1944), Emergency Finance Committee (May 1948), Finance and General Purposes Committee (June 1948-Feb. 1956) 1935-56

    Divisional Records, 1887-1930

ARE MU 5/1 Derbyshire Division Minute Book of Annual Meetings 1887-1903
ARE MU 5/2 Kingswinford Division, Staffordshire Unionist Association, minute book of Annual Meetings 1907-13
ARE MU 5/3 Kingswinford Division, Staffordshire Unionist Association, minute book of Annual Meetings

Restrictions on Access: Closed

1914-18
ARE MU 5/4 North Staffordshire Unionist Federation, minute book of the Executive Committee (from its inception)

Restrictions on Access: Closed

July 1911-Mar. 1927
ARE MU 5/5 History of the Worcestershire Conservative Association, 1870-1919 1921
ARE MU 5/6 Divisional Book 1927
ARE MU 5/7 Divisional Book 1928-30

    Women's Advisory Committee, 1887-c.1947

ARE MU 11/1 Ladies Auxiliary Council Aug. 1887-Aug. 1890
ARE MU 11/2 Half-yearly Meeting (includes postcard of Women's Advisory Committee members?, c.1947) c.1947

    Labour Advisory Committee, 1930-40

ARE MU 13/1 Minute book Nov. 1930-Mar. 1935
ARE MU 13/2 Minute book Mar. 1935-Mar. 1940

    Political Education, 1886-8

ARE MU 14/1 Publication and Lecture Committee Dec. 1886-Mar.1888

    Ad Hoc Miscellaneous Committees, 1936

ARE MU 24/1 General Committee for the Country Markets Minute Book May-Nov. 1936

    Area Office, 1886-1953

ARE MU 26/1 Letter Book

Includes copies of outgoing letters by John Shaw, Secretary, to Robert Middleton, the Principal Agent/Professional Head of the Central Office Organisation, July 1885-June 1903

Dec. 1886-May 1888
ARE MU 26/2 Letter Book

Includes copies of outgoing letters by John Shaw, Secretary, to Robert Middleton, the Principal Agent/Professional Head of the Central Office Organisation, July 1885-June 1903

May 1888-Feb. 1889
ARE MU 26/3 Letter Book

Includes copies of outgoing letters by John Shaw, Secretary, to Robert Middleton, the Principal Agent/Professional Head of the Central Office Organisation, July 1885-June 1903

Jan.-July 1890
ARE MU 26/4 Letter Book

Includes copies of outgoing letters by John Shaw, Secretary, to Robert Middleton, the Principal Agent/Professional Head of the Central Office Organisation, July 1885-June 1903

July 1890-Apr. 1891
ARE MU 26/5 Letter Book

Includes copies of outgoing letters by John Shaw, Secretary, to Robert Middleton, the Principal Agent/Professional Head of the Central Office Organisation, July 1885-June 1903

Apr.-Dec. 1891
ARE MU 26/6 Letter Book

Includes copies of outgoing letters by John Shaw, Secretary, to Robert Middleton, the Principal Agent/Professional Head of the Central Office Organisation, July 1885- June 1903

June 1892-Apr. 1893
ARE MU 26/7 Letterbook 1901-9
ARE MU 26/8 Lease(s)s for the Midland Union Office 1921, 1928
ARE MU 26/9 Book containing ephemeral, printed items and typed letters from all areas of the association (especially political education) 1923-9
ARE MU 26/10 Book containing ephemeral, printed items and typed letters from all areas of the association (especially the Labour Advisory Committee and the Teacher's Circle 1937-8
ARE MU 26/11 Representation of Midland Union c.1935
ARE MU 26/12 Current Account Book 1938-46
ARE MU 26/13 Current Account Book 1947-53

    News clippings, c.1908-1968

ARE MU 29/1 News clippings relating to the work of the Midland Union, specifically its Women's Advisory Committee and Stanley Baldwin Mar. 1931-May 1949
ARE MU 29/2 News clippings relating to the work of Midland Union 1957-68
ARE MU 29/3 Constituency Details (includes Stanely Baldwin) c.1908-17




East Midlands, 1927-76

    Central Council/Executive Committee/Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1931-73

ARE 5/1/1 Minute Book of the Minutes of meetings of the Area Council (Jan. 1931-Mar. 1946). Finance and General Purposes Committee (Jun. 1931-Nov. 1946), Executive Committee (Mar. 1931-Nov. 1946), Labour Advisory Committee (July 1932-July 1939) 1931-46
ARE 5/1/2 Minute Book of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (Mar. 1947-Sept. 1954), Executive Committee (Apr. 1947-May 1954), Annual General Meeting of the Area Council (July 1947-July 1954) 1947-54
ARE 5/1/3 Minute Book of the Finance and General Purposes Committee (Feb. 1955-July 1960), Executive Committee (Feb. 1955-Apr. 1974), Area Council Annual Meetings (June 1955-Apr. 1973), General Purposes Committee (July 1961-July 1968) 1955-74

    Junior Imperial League/ Youth/ Young Conservatives, 1951-76

ARE 5/16/1 Young Conservatives Executive Committee minute book Dec. 1951-Jan. 1961
ARE 5/16/2 Young Conservatives Executive Committee Apr. 1961-June 1966
ARE 5/16/3 Young Conservatives Management Committee minute book Jan. 1967-Dec. 1971
ARE 5/16/4 Young Conservatives Management Committee minute book (original minute book was lost and these files were salvaged from the files) Jan. 1972-Mar. 1976

    Women Organisers, 1927-46

ARE 5/25/1 Area Branch Minutes Sep. 1927-Apr. 1928
ARE 5/25/2 Area Branch Minutes Feb. 1933-Apr. 1946
ARE 5/25/3 Area Women Divisional Secretaries and Organisers Guild Minutes Jun. 1935-Sep. 1938
ARE 5/25/4 Area Account Book 1935-46




West Midlands, 1935-82

    Central Council, 1935-80

ARE 6/1/1 Minute Book of Junior Imperial and Constitutional League Annual Meetings (Apr. 1935-Mar. 1936), Central Body (Apr. 1935-Mar. 1938), Council (Jun. 1935-Oct. 1938), Executive Committee (Jan. 1935-Feb 1937), Officers (Mar.-Apr. 1939) Apr. 1935-Apr. 1939
ARE 6/1/2 Annual Meetings of the Council, agenda and Annual reports 1946-80 (not complete)

    Executive Committee, 1935-59

ARE 6/2/1 Minute book of Executive Committee Dec. 1935-Mar. 1939
ARE 6/2/2 Minute book of Executive Committee Feb. 1956-Dec. 1959

    Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1956-60

ARE 6/4/1 Finance and General Purposes Committee minute book May 1956-May 1960

    Divisions, 1933-75

ARE 6/5/1 Minutes of the Dudley, Kingswinford and Wednesbury Group Aug. 1933-June 1934
ARE 6/5/2 Staffordshire, [Shropshire] and Black Country Group of Conservative Agents and Organisers Nov. 1948-Oct. 1975

    Women's Advisory Committee, 1925-82

ARE 6/11/1 Area Women's Advisory Council - Divisional Secretaries and Chairmen meeting Minutes (Jan. 1925-Sept. 1931) and Minutes from the meeting of representatives from Smethwick, Walsall, and Westbromwhich called the Group Committee (Dec. 1932-June 1934) 1925-34
ARE 6/11/2 Women's Branch, later called Women's Advisory Council Dec. 1926-May 1931
ARE 6/11/3 Area Women's Advisory Council Activity Fund - Worcestershire Sub-committee (also known as the Spetchley Park Ball Committee 1937-8); Shropshire Sub-committee (Sept.-Nov. 1931); and Shropshire Loan Exhibition Committee (Mar-Jun. 1933) May 1930-Jan. 1938
ARE 6/11/4 Area Women's Advisory Council Activity Fund - Gloucestershire Sub-committee Apr. 1931-Sept. 1934
ARE 6/11/5 Women's Advisory Council minute book Feb. 1931-Mar. 1958
ARE 6/11/6 Women's Advisory Council's Executive Committee minute book Feb. 1931-Nov. 1945
ARE 6/11/7 Area Women's Advisory Council Activity Fund - Warwickshire Sub-committee and Staffordshire Sub-committee Apr. 1931-Dec. 1938
ARE 6/11/7a Minute book of the Women Organisers in the West Midlands Area (formerly ARE 6/25/1) Nov. 1932-Dec. 1946
ARE 6/11/8 Women's Advisory Council's Executive Committee minute book Feb. 1946-June 1958
ARE 6/11/9 Area Women's Advisory Committee minute book Nov. 1958-Apr. 1982
ARE 6/11/10 Women's General Purposes Committee minute book Jan. 1968-Apr. 1977

    Teacher's Association Advisory Committee/ Education Committee, 1946-74

ARE 6/15/1 Education Committee (became Conservative Political Centre General Purposes Committee in 1962) Oct. 1946-May 1962
ARE 6/15/2 Conservative and Unionist Teachers Association minute book June 1947-May 1957
ARE 6/15/3 Attendance book for the meetings of the Teachers Association (May 1948-Sept. 1963), Education Committee (Oct. 1947-June 1962) Oct. 1947-Sept. 1963
ARE 6/15/4 Teachers Association Advisory Committee July 1957-June 1962
ARE 6/15/5 Teachers Association Annual Meeting Minute Book June 1962-July 1974

    Junior Imperial League/Youth/Young Conservatives, 1930-65

ARE 6/16/1 Young Britons: Competition Forms - Day School Programmes c.1939
ARE 6/16/2 Young Britons Advisory Committee Feb. 1930-Jan. 1935
ARE 6/16/3 Young Conservatives' and Unionists' Organisation: Executive Committee minute book

Note: MISSING

June 1946-May 1962
ARE 6/16/4 Young Britons Advisory Committee minute book Apr. 1954-Jun. 1958
ARE 6/16/5 Young Britons Advisory Committee minute book Jan. 1958-Nov. 1965

    Missioners, 1947-64

ARE 6/18/1 Missioner Records of Service c.1950-64
ARE 6/18/2 Missioner Campaigns 1947-64

    Miscellaneous Committee, 1934-5

ARE 6/24/1 Minute Book of Money-Raising Efforts (Management Committee of the Ice Carnival) Nov. 1934-Oct. 1935

    Area Office, 1936-40

ARE 6/26/1 Account Book Jan.-Dec. 1936
ARE 6/26/2 Account Book Jan.-Dec. 1937
ARE 6/26/3 Account Book Jan.-Dec. 1938
ARE 6/26/4 Account Book Jan.-Dec. 1939
ARE 6/26/5 Account Book Jan.-Dec. 1940




Eastern Area, 1898-1987

    Area Council, Executive and Finance Committee, 1898-1953

ARE 7/1/1 Agenda and Report of the Council to the Annual Meeting Oct. 1898
ARE 7/1/2 Agenda and Report of the Council to the Annual Meeting Dec. 1900
ARE 7/1/3 Agenda for the Annual Council Meeting July 1901
ARE 7/1/4 Agenda and Report of the Council to the Annual Meeting Dec. 1902
ARE 7/1/5 Minutes of Annual Meeting (press cuttings) Dec. 1902
ARE 7/1/6 Minute book (Council, Executive, Finance Committees) Mar. 1907- Apr. 1926
ARE 7/1/7 Minute book (Council, Executive, Finance Committees) Nov. 1926-Jan. 1935
ARE 7/1/8 Minute book (Council, Executive, Finance Committees) Mar. 1940-Jun. 1950
ARE 7/1/9 Reports of the Honorary Secretary to Finance Committee Dec. 1945- Mar. 1953

    Women's Parliamentary Committee/Advisory Committee, 1920-82

ARE 7/11/1 Minute book Jun. 1920- July 1928
ARE 7/11/2 Minute book May 1935-Apr. 1951
ARE 7/11/3 Minute book (Women's Advisory Committee/Executive Committee) Nov. 1949-Apr. 1959
ARE 7/11/4 Minute book Mar. 1960-Dec. 1969
ARE 7/11/5 Minute book Feb. 1970-Dec. 1976
ARE 7/11/6 Minute book Jan. 1977-Sep. 1982
ARE 7/11/7 Minute book (includes General Purposes Committee Minutes. In 1983, the Women's Advisory Committee changed its name to the Eastern Area Conservative Women's Committee.) Nov. 1982-Sep. 1984
ARE 7/11/8 EUW Branch Officers' Meetings: Minutes Apr. 1984-Sep. 1984

    Agricultural Advisory Committee, 1950-78

ARE 7/12/1 Minute book Nov. 1950- Jun. 1967
ARE 7/12/2 Minute book Jan. 1968-Jun. 1978
ARE 7/12/3 Attendance book May 1961-May 1973

    Advisory Committee on the Conservative Trade Unionists, 1950-87

ARE 7/13/1 Minute book Dec. 1950-Nov. 1958
ARE 7/13/2 General Purposes Sub-Committee Minute book May 1954-Jun. 1967
ARE 7/13/3 Minutes (unbound) Feb. 1959-Sep. 1969
ARE 7/13/4 Minute book May 1970-Nov. 1987

    Political Education Advisory Committee, 1953-77

ARE 7/14/1 Minute book Feb. 1953-Jun. 1960
ARE 7/14/2 Minute book Oct. 1960-Jan. 1965
ARE 7/14/3 CPC Advisory Committee Minute book Jan. 1967-Mar. 1977

    Teacher's Association/Advisory Committee, 1946-82

ARE 7/15/1 Minute book Sep. 1946-Mar.1963
ARE 7/15/2 Education Advisory Committee Minute book Jun. 1963-Aug. 1974
ARE 7/15/3 Education Advisory Committee Minutes (unbound) Nov. 1974-Sep. 1982

    Young Conservatives Advisory Committee, 1946-77

ARE 7/16/1 Minute book Jun. 1946-Mar. 1952
ARE 7/16/2 Minutes (unbound) [with Executive Committee] May 1952-Mar. 1960
ARE 7/16/3 Minutes (unbound) Jun. 1960-Oct. 1965
ARE 7/16/4 Minute book Jan. 1966-Mar. 1977
ARE 7/16/5 Minutes: YC General Purposes Committee and Activity Committee Apr. 1965-Feb. 1971
ARE 7/16/6 Young Britons Caretaker Committee: Minutes (unbound) Oct. 1955-Jan. 1958

    Clubs' Advisory Committee, 1947-80

ARE 7/17/1 Minute book Mar. 1947-Apr. 1980

    Local Government Advisory Committee, 1970-2

ARE 7/18/1 Minute book Nov. 1970-Sep. 1972

    Miscellaneous, 1931-72

ARE 7/24/1 Account book (Receipts and Expenses) 1931-8
ARE 7/24/2 Account book 1955-6
ARE 7/24/3 Account book 1959-60
ARE 7/24/4 Account book 1965
ARE 7/24/5 Account book 1966-7
ARE 7/24/6 Account book 1969-71
ARE 7/25/7 Account book 1971-2
ARE 7/25/8 Account book 1959-61
ARE 7/25/9 Account book (Speakers) 1932-9




Home Counties North Area, 1932-64

    Area Council, Executive, Finance and General Purposes Committees, 1932-60

ARE 8/1/1 Minute book, including Minutes of the Labour Advisory Committee and Education Sub-Committee Feb. 1932- Jun. 1938
ARE 8/1/2 Minute book, including Minutes of the Labour Advisory Committee and Education Sub-Committee Jul. 1938-Dec. 1944
ARE 8/1/3 Minute book, including reports of Advisory Committees Jul. 1945-Dec. 1947
ARE 8/1/4 Minute book Jan.-Dec. 1948
ARE 8/1/5 Minute book Jan.-Dec.1949
ARE 8/1/6 Minute book Jan.-Jun. 1950
ARE 8/1/7 Minute book Jul.-Dec. 1950
ARE 8/1/8 Minute book Jan.-Jun. 1951
ARE 8/1/9 Minute book Jul. 1951-Sep. 1952
ARE 8/1/10 Minute book Oct. 1952- Dec. 1953
ARE 8/1/11 Minute book Jan.-Dec. 1958
ARE 8/1/12 Minute book Dec. 1958-Dec. 1959
ARE 8/1/13 Minute book Jan.-Dec.1960

    Young Conservatives Advisory Committee, 1946-64

ARE 8/1/16 Minute book Feb. 1946-Mar. 1962
ARE 8/16/2 Minute book of General Purposes Committee Sep. 1946-May 1959
ARE 8/16/3 Minute book of General Purposes Committee Jun. 1959-Feb. 1962
ARE 8/16/4 Minute book of General Purposes Committee Nov. 1963-Feb. 1964

    Industrialists' Consultative Committee, 1947-8

ARE 8/24/1 Minute book Mar. 1947-Jan. 1948

    Area Office, 1937-8

ARE 8/26/1 General memoranda and correspondence Oct. 1937-Jan. 1938




South East Area, 1920-79

    Central Council, Executive Committee Minutes, 1939-77

ARE 9/1/1 Council Minutes Mar. 1939-Dec. 1949
ARE 9/1/2 Council Minutes Apr. 1950-Apr. 1971
ARE 9/1/3 Executive Committee Minutes Dec. 1945-Sept. 1953
ARE 9/1/4 Executive Committee Minutes Feb. 1963-Sept. 1971
ARE 9/1/5 Council Minutes and Executive Committee Minutes Dec. 1971-May 1975
ARE 9/1/6 Council Minutes and Executive Committee Minutes July 1975-May 1977
ARE 9/1/7 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Feb. 1941-Dec. 1948
ARE 9/1/8 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Mar. 1949-Nov. 1956
ARE 9/1/9 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Jan. 1957-Dec. 1962

    Women's Parliamentary/Advisory Committee, 1920-76

ARE 9/11/1 Women's Parliamentary Committee Minutes May 1920-Apr. 1925
ARE 9/11/2 Women's Parliamentary Committee Minutes Jun 1925-Jan. 1933
ARE 9/11/3 Women's Advisory Committee Minutes Mar. 1933-Sep. 1937
ARE 9/11/4 Women's Advisory Committee Minutes Jan. 1938-Oct. 1946
ARE 9/11/5 Women's Advisory Committee Minutes Mar. 1947-Mar. 1956
ARE 9/11/6 Women's Advisory General Purposes Committee Minutes Jun. 1956-Dec. 1965
ARE 9/11/7 Women's Advisory General Purposes Committee Minutes Mar. 1965-Feb. 1971
ARE 9/11/8 Women's Advisory (incl. some General Purposes) Committee Minutes Mar. 1971-Jan. 1976
ARE 9/11/9 Women's Advisory Committee Minutes (incl. officer list) Mar. 1964-Dec. 1967

    Trade Unionists' Advisory Committee, 1947-69

ARE 9/13/1 Minutes Feb. 1947- Dec. 1969
ARE 9/13/2 Minutes (mainly duplicates of Minutes contained in ARE 9/13/1) Nov. 1963-Sept. 1967

    Political Education, 1946-78

ARE 9/14/1 Area Education Committee Minutes May 1946-Nov. 1962
ARE 9/14/2 Conservative Political Centre Advisory Committee Minutes Jan. 1963-Oct. 1978
ARE 9/14/3 Conservative Political Centre Advisory Committee Minutes (duplicates of Minutes contained in ARE 9/14/2) Sep. 1963-Jul. 1967

    Education, 1947-72

ARE 9/15/1 Advisory Committee on Education Minutes Apr. 1947-Sep. 1972
ARE 9/15/2 Advisory Committee on Education Minutes Feb. 1964-Sep. 1967

    Young Conservatives Executive Committee, 1946-70

ARE 9/16/1 Minutes 1946-54
ARE 9/16/2 Minutes 1954-58
ARE 9/16/3 Minutes 1959-63
ARE 9/16/4 Minutes 1963-70

    Local Government Advisory Committee, 1964-8

ARE 9/17/1 Minutes Mar. 1964-Feb. 1968

    Miscellaneous Committees, 1936-79

ARE 9/24/1 Minute book containing: South East Area AGM (24 Jul. 1936), Finance and General Purposes Committee (4 Mar. 1937), Area Council meetings (Apr. 1937-Jul. 1938), Labour Advisory Committee (May 1937-Feb. 1938), Executive Committee (Nov. 1937), Sub-committee on Redistribution of Seats (Dec. 1937), Education sub-committee (Dec. 1937-Feb. 1939), Area Clubs Advisory Committee (Mar. 1938) 1936-9
ARE 9/24/2 Euro Steering Committee 1978-9

    Area Council, 1963-7

ARE 9/26/1 Report, Summaries of Payments, Agendas 1963-7

    Miscellaneous, 1964-8

ARE 9/27/1 Treasurer's Bulletins, Report, List of Prospective Donors 1964-8, n.d.




Wessex Area, 1926-75

    Council, Executive and Finance and General Purposes Committee, 1926-74

ARE 10/1/1 Minute book Nov. 1926-Apr. 1935
ARE 10/1/2 Minute book May 1935-Nov. 1938
ARE 10/1/3 Minute book Feb. 1939-Apr. 1944
ARE 10/1/4 Minute book Nov. 1944-Nov. 1950
ARE 10/1/5 Minute book Feb. 1951-Jul. 1955
ARE 10/1/6 Minute book Nov. 1955-Mar. 1965
ARE 10/1/7 Minute book May 1965-Oct. 1974

    Trade Unionists' Advisory Committee, 1949-75

ARE 10/13/1 Minute book Oct. 1949-Sep. 1975

    Conservative Clubs Advisory Committee, 1938-64

ARE 10/17/1 Minute book May 1938-Mar. 1964

    Conservative Agents Association, 1932-56

ARE 10/25/1 Minute book Jan. 1933-Mar. 1942
ARE 10/25/2 Objects, Constitution and Rules of National Society and the Wessex Branch 1938
ARE 10/25/3 Membership index cards c. 1930s
ARE 10/25/4 Minute book Oct. 1944-Nov. 1956
ARE 10/25/5 Women Organisers branch papers 1934-39
ARE 10/25/6 Women Organisers branch Minutes Dec. 1932-Apr. 1940




Western Area, 1906-82

    Council, Executive and Finance Committee Minutes, 1937-82

ARE 11/1/1 Council and Executive Committee Minutes Apr. 1937-Apr. 1956
ARE 11/1/2 Council Minutes Apr. 1956-Apr. 1972
ARE 11/1/3 Executive Committee Minutes Nov. 1962-Nov. 1972
ARE 11/1/4 Executive Committee Minutes Apr. 1973-Apr. 1977
ARE 11/1/5 Executive Committee Minutes Nov. 1977-Nov. 1981
ARE 11/1/6 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Dec. 1937-Oct. 1955
ARE 11/1/7 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Jul. 1956-Jul. 1962
ARE 11/1/8 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Nov. 1962-Jul. 1968
ARE 11/1/9 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Nov. 1968-Jul. 1973
ARE 11/1/10 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes Jan. 1974-Feb. 1977
ARE 11/1/11 Finance and General Purposes Committee Minutes May 1977-Jan. 1982

    Somerset Division (County Federation), 1906-57

ARE 11/6/1 Minute book Nov. 1906-Nov. 1933
ARE 11/6/2 Minute book Mar. 1940-Jun. 1957

    Cornwall Provincial Division, 1908-51

ARE 11/7/1 Council, Executive Committee, Finance and Emergency Committee Minute book Apr. 1908- Jan. 1927
ARE 11/7/2 Minute book Feb. 1927-Oct. 1936
ARE 11/7/3 Minute book Jan. 1937-Apr. 1951

    Devon Provincial Division, 1952-6

ARE 11/8/1 Minute book Apr. 1952-Feb. 1956

    Women's Parliamentary Committee/Advisory Committee, 1920-62

ARE 11/11/1 Minute book May 1920-May 1927
ARE 11/11/2 Minute book Nov. 1927-Dec. 1937
ARE 11/11/3 Minute book of Cornwall County, Devon County and Somerset Committees Jan. 1934-Oct. 1937
ARE 11/11/4 Minutes Cornwall County, Devon County, and Somerset and Bristol Committees Jan. 1938-Jun. 1945
ARE 11/11/5 Minutes of Annual General Meeting, Half-yearly meetings and General Purposes Committee May 1938-Oct. 1962

    Political Education, 1954-65

ARE 11/14/1 Political Education Committee Minutes Oct. 1954-Feb. 1965

    Parliamentary Committees, 1938-9

ARE 11/26/1 Press cuttings, Barnstaple Parliamentary Constituency Oct. 1938-Aug. 1939
ARE 11/26/2 Press cuttings, North Cornwall Parliamentary Constituency Oct. 1938-Aug. 1939




Wales and Monmouthshire, 1931-9

    Women Organisers, 1931-9

ARE 12/25/1 Divisional Secretaries and Organisers Association Minutes 1931-9
ARE 12/25/2 Qualified Woman Organisers Association Minutes 1938-9



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