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Collection Level Description: Papers of Sir Neil Marten

Reference: MSS. Eng. hist. a. 29 (fol. 8), c. 1130-55, c. 1158-9, e. 385
Title: Papers of Sir Neil Marten
Dates of Creation: 1965-85
Extent: 30 shelfmarks

Language of Material: English

Administrative/Biographical History

Sir Neil Marten (1916-86) 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.

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:

Administrative Information

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the Library in 1987.

Access Conditions

Entry to read in the Library is permitted only on presentation of a valid reader's card (for admissions procedures see

In general post-1975 material is not yet available.

Further Information

Finding Aids

A draft catalogue is available in the Library.

Access Points

Marten | Neil | 1916-1986 | Sir | Knight and MP

European Economic Community

Great Britain | Politics and government | 20th century



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