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Conservative Party Archive: Conservative Training Colleges: Swinton College


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The Swinton College papers deal in the main with the administration of the college and include correspondence between the Principal and the Governors, various committee meetings, course scholarships, and copies of its published journal.


  • Creation: 1947-1978


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  • English

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CTC/S 1-17

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Papers of Swinton College, 1947-1978

Biographical / Historical

Swinton College near Masham in Yorkshire, was the third and final Conservative College, a national, residential centre of education for Party workers established in 1948, which held over 50 courses and conferences each year in conjunction with the Area and national sections of the Party. It was financed partly from Party funds but its Board of Directors was independent of Conservative Central Office. It was closed in 1977.

Custodial History

The archive of the Conservative Party was established as a source for academic study at the Bodleian Library in 1978 by an agreement made between the University of Oxford and the Conservative Party, and brought together surviving historic papers of the Party previously held in various locations including Newcastle University Library and the former Conservative Central Office in Smith Square, London. Since 1996, ownership of the archive has been vested in the Conservative Party Archive Trust. The archive includes records from all three areas of Party organisation: parliamentary, voluntary and professional.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Conservative Party.

Related Materials

For the papers of other Conservative Training Colleges, see:

  1. CPA CTC/A: Bonar Law Memorial College, Ashridge

For publications, see catalogue: PUB/I: Published and Printed Material: Conservative Training Colleges.

Conservative Party Archive: Swinton College
Finding aid prepared by Emily Tarrant
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Weston Library
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Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom