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Items removed from 1983 diary, bulk: Bulk, 1983, [1973], 1983

MS. 12864/33
Held in our offsite storage facility

  • Request
Press cuttings and correspondence on subjects including: the BBC; Mary Whitehouse; R18 films; book The Playbook for Kids about Sex by Joani Blank; video nasties; pornography; Christopher Whitehouse's arrest for cannabis possession; book A Most Dangerous Woman? by Mary Whitehouse; poem Arsehole by Craig Raine; cable TV; obscenity laws; computer games; General Election; broadcast of film Scum on Channel 4; television film Birth of a Nation; proposed Video Recordings Act; biography of Sir Hugh Greene by Michael Tracey; film The Day After.

Correspondents include Willie Whitelaw, Michael Havers, Sir Thomas Hetherington, James Nursaw, Ted Willis, Alan King-Hamilton, John Smyth, Leon Brittan, Margaret Thatcher, Sir Gordon Hobday, Sir Hugh Greene, Anthony Howard, Robert Fellowes (on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II: CLOSED), Robert [Runcie], Rivers Scott and Richard Nugent, among others.

Also includes: photocopy of programme for the official opening of Kimiora [in 1973]; draft article on gardening by Mary Whitehouse; photocopy of extract on law, democracy and the citizen from the Conservative Party Election Manifesto; statement to the press on video nasties; notecard with lines from a mediaeval French passion play; handwritten poem; programme for the Royal Television Society Cambridge Conference; flyer for a talk by Mary Whitehouse on video nasties; copy of statement in open court for High Court case between Mary Whitehouse and The Observer Limited.


  • Creation: Majority of material found in Bulk, 1983
  • Creation: [1973], 1983


1 box

Language of Materials

  • English

Conditions Governing Access

Some material (one letter) is closed.


MS. 12864/33

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom