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Papers of Sir Neil Marten


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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:

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


  • Creation: 1965-85


30 shelfmarks

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MSS. Eng. hist. a. 29 (fol. 8)].

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Full range of shelfmarks:

MSS. Eng. hist. a. 29 (fol. 8), c. 1130-1155, c. 1158-1159, e. 385

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 11486

Biographical / Historical

Sir Neil Marten (1916-86) was Conservative MP for Banbury, 1959-1983, 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.

Other Finding Aids

A draft catalogue is available in the Library.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was given to the Library in 1987.

Papers of Sir Neil Marten
Emily Tarrant
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom